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Maidstone services


M20 at J8
(also accessible to traffic on the A20, but via a short section of motorway)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

ME17 1SS

map and directions


Single site located at a junction.

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Maidstone is a fairly spacious service station on the M20, although it has few lorry spaces.


Catering: Costa, Chozen Noodle, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Drive Thru, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Esso, Snack and Shop, Costa Express, Rollover, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £20 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £33, or £36 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5256.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details[edit]

Roadchef Motorways Ltd
Junction 8
M20 Motorway
ME17 1SS

  • Telephone number: 01622 631100
  • Grid reference: TQ825551

Trivia and History[edit]

Maidstone services 2003.jpg
The old Wimpy restaurant.

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Services opened 1997

For some time, Maidstone was the only service area on the M20. The service area was first planned in 1971, slightly further up the M20 at Honeyhills Woods (also called Detling). It was expected to go to tender in 1974, and to open in 1977 after the Landscape Advisory Committee dropped their objections.

The actual services, built near Hollingbourne, didn't open until 1997 following numerous planning difficulties, on top of questions over where the next services would be. The entrance to the services crosses the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, which was constructed around the same time.

The restaurant had seating for 280 people upon opening. The Fresh Food Café restaurant is also used to serve Chozen Noodle products.

The filling station is now operated by MFG and was previously operated by MRH and Esso themselves.

In June 2018, the services set up a trial Costa machine which offers 5p vouchers in return for coffee cups and plastic bottles, as part of an initiative to reduce litter in the area.


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