More of a courtyard than a service area, and technically only a truckstop but it caters for cars too. It's located at the M6/M56 interchange and used to have an independent appeal; it's now considered to be in-line with other Moto services.
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Catering: Bar & Grill, Costa, Greggs, McDonald's Drive Thru, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, Trucking Shop, WHSmith Main Amenities: NomadPower, Showers Hotel: Ibis Budget Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, LPG (BP Autogas), Air1 AdBlue
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £16 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £20.50. HGVs can pay £22.50 to include a £10 food voucher. Trailer changeovers have a charge of £3 for 24 hours.
Prices are paid using pay points in the main building.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
- 📞 Telephone number: 01925 757777
- 🗺 Grid reference: SJ665847
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Trivia and Design
In August 2000, Granada reached a formal agreement with the Highways Agency to encourage lorries which had been stopping at Knutsford to use Lymm instead. Knutsford only has 27 spaces for lorries whereas Lymm has 600.
The Greggs outlet was the first to open at any British service station.
There are a series of breakdown units located within the services.
The complicated road layout here means stopping here while driving west along the M56 will add more than two miles to your journey. In practice most of that detour is on a motorway, so not as bad as it sounds.
There was a truckstop to the north of Cliff Lane, dating back to the 1950s, known as Poplars Truckstop. It was taken over by new owners in 1983 who found a number of issues including that it was too small. This plus its tight entrance was causing queues on the A50.
In 1987 the new owners proposed moving the truckstop to its present site, south of Cliff Lane. The move was approved despite opposition from the A50 Pressure Group.
Lymm had a conference room on the north side, café on the east side, toilets on the south side and a shop on the west side. An advert from its opening described a 32 acre site with facilities including four restaurants and a cinema.
The site was acquired by Compass Group. When Compass merged with Granada, Poplar 2000 was placed in the Compass Roadside division, which meant when the two were split it came to be owned by Moto. Moto continued to use the Poplar 2000 name, but began introducing some of their partners too.
As early as May 2001, Moto looked at adding a Scoop and Ladbrokes to the main building, as well as a larger restaurant. This didn't happen, but other partners such as Costa and WHSmith were introduced, replacing the old Poplar-branded facilities. The entry barriers stopped being used, which increased car traffic but led to an increase in crime.
There had been reports that Moto were going to keep the Poplar name and apply it to Barton Park, but by the 2010s it could only be found on road signs, and by 2015 it had been totally removed.
Even so, Moto wanted to invest in this site. An M&S Simply Food opened here on 19 March 2015. Lucky Coin and Fifth Wheel Bar & Grill also officially opened here on 25 March. A temporary unbranded restaurant and bar had been in operation whilst the new facilities were built.
The Travelodge motel closed in late 2013 and was sold on to Ibis Budget who reopened the hotel in May 2014.
The site of the old truckstop became Poplar Park. In November 2019, Lymm Truck Wash moved from the main service station to the site of the old truckstop. The new Poplar Park claims to be the largest HGV wash in Europe.
|Knutsford (6 miles)||Services on the M6||
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