Picket Post services
A smaller service area on the A31 in the New Forest. Although this is a dual-sided service area, there are different facilities on either side of the road and an underpass between the two.
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Forest Edge Filling Station
- 🗺 Grid reference: SU190061
🌍 Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
Picket Post is the name of the Burley exit on the A31, named after the post which marked it. This attracted a number of facilities such as the Kettle Tea House, but they were all demolished when the A31 was widened in 1969.
The westbound side is based on an old garage, which was joined by a Shell garage in the 1970s. The old garage building is still there but is derelict, and now lost within the undergrowth. The new forecourt would have been accessible to traffic on both sides via the gap in the dual carriageway, but this was closed in the 1980s and replaced by the longer underpass which is used today.
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|Services on the A31||
Ringwood (A31 westbound, 3 miles)|
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