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Lancaster services


M6 between J32 and J33

Signposted from the road.

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Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.

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Quite possibly the most iconic service station of all, Lancaster is famous for its large tower sticking out of the northbound building (see trivia). Today, Lancaster has been moved around quite a bit and the toilets are now upstairs. The tower is closed to the public.


Catering: Arlo's, Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, Ladbrokes, M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: &Play, Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Lucky Coin, Showers, Multi Faith Room Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Greggs (northbound only)

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £24. HGVs can pay £26 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2448 (northbound) and 2449 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

Granada Lancaster
Forton Motorway Service Area M6
Bay Horse

Trivia and Design

M6 viewed from Forton.
The view which used to be available from the tower-restaurant.

Full details: History:Lancaster

For many years the name 'Forton services' was used on all example diagrams of road signs, including drawings of non-motorway signs.

The services used to be listed by the Highways Agency as an "approved truckstop", but this is no longer the case.

During early 2017, the northbound side underwent a minor refurbishment and on 7 March an Arlo's outlet opened replacing the former EDC outlet. The Costa unit was also refurbished and reopened during this time. A Greggs outlet opened on 30 March.

Pennine Tower

Full details: The Pennine Tower

The service station is known almost exclusively for the 65-foot (20m) tower attached to the northbound building, visible from afar on the north side and described in one publicity leaflet as being "a luxury observation platform". It closed in 1989. Full details are given on its own page.


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