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Picket Post services


A31 between Southampton and Ringwood

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

BH24 3HN

(Google Maps link)


Two sites located within a junction, connected by a one mile public road.

A smaller service area on the A31 in the New Forest.


Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue (eastbound only)

Contact Details[edit]

Forest Edge Filling Station
Picket Post
BH24 3HN

Trivia and History[edit]

Shell petrol station.
The larger of the two petrol stations.

Although this is a dual-sided service area, there are different facilities on either side of the road and an underpass between the two.

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 an old inn/tea house, but they were all demolished when the A31 was widened in 1969.

The eastbound side opened in 1986 with a Happy Eater and a forecourt, which became a Little Chef in 1996 and closed in January 2011. A McDonald's opened in the old building in April 2014.

The westbound side is based on an old garage. The modern petrol station joined it in the 1980s, and the old garage building is still there but lost within the undergrowth.


Rufus Stone (westbound, 6 miles)
Rownhams (M27, 15 miles)
Services on the A31 Red Post (21 miles)