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Road:M2 between J4 and J5

Address:Moto Services
Medway Pavilion
Farthing Corner Motorway Services Area
Telephone number:01634 236900
Signposted from the road?As Greggs/Costa/Burger King
Previous names:Farthing Corner
Grid reference:TQ817634 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site built upon the motorway.
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The only significant service area on the M2/A2 route, Medway is very old and consists of one building built across the road. The services are quite quiet as new routes such as the M20 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link have meant that the M2 is no longer as important as it used to be.


Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Relax Driver's Lounge, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP (with: BP Autogas LPG), Shop, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £26.50. HGVs can pay £28 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2454 (westbound) and 2453 (eastbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia and History

Farthing Corner opening.
The services shortly after opening.

Full details: History:Medway

Medway opened as Farthing Corner services.

Medway has a works depot located on the westbound sliproad back on to the motorway. The poor road markings mean that it is easy to go wrong here and, instead of rejoining the M2, end up passing through the secret exit (which is in this case isn't gated) and end up in Rainham. This was first raised as an issue in 1964 and has persisted ever since.

On 3 December 2010 the M2 through the services was closed and diverted through the car park following a broken window on the bridge caused by storm damage.

Recent Changes

The restaurant and sun terrace became a Burger King unit, mounted directly above the road.

The Costa outlet here was refurbished and relocated in January 2015 to make way for the M&S Simply Food store.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, a Transport Focus survey calculated an 84% satisfaction score from westbound customers, and an 87% satisfaction score from eastbound customers.

In 2015 and May 2012, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars. In August 2011, they gave them 2 stars.

In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.

In 2004, Good Housekeeping rated the services as one star, describing it s "depressing", "dreary" and "unpleasant", but the busy Little Chef restaurant apparently served good food.

In 2001, the services were rated "acceptable" by The AA.

In 1991, Which? told motorists to avoid the services, complaining about views of the motorway, long queues and poor services.

A 1978 government review described the services as "depressing".

In 1977 Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor". He said the café felt like an "amateurishly-run transport café", the food was "unimaginative" and it "all seemed rather scruffy", with a juke box which "can be unpleasant".


none on M2
Thurrock (M25 north, 31 miles)
Clacket Lane (M25 south, 40 miles)
Cobham (A2, 18 miles)
Maidstone (M20, 13 miles)
Services on the M2 none on M2
Gate (A2 westbound, 18 miles)
Harbledown (A2 eastbound, 19 miles)
Thurrock (M25 north, 31 miles) Moto services Dover Port (A2, 39 miles)

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