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Service stations are open.

Picket Post services


A31 between Southampton and Ringwood

Signposted from the road.


BH24 3HN

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

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.


COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Forest Edge Filling Station
Picket Post
BH24 3HN

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

A31 Picket Post old traffic.
The westbound petrol station in 1977, showing the old road layout and a lot of traffic.

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.

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.


Rufus Stone (westbound, 6 miles)
Rownhams (M27, 15 miles)
Services on the A31 Ringwood (A31 westbound, 3 miles)
Kilmington Cross (A35, 65 miles)