A small forecourt on the A31 as it passes through Ringwood.
Ringwood Service Station
Trivia and History
The A31 around Ringwood became a dual carriageway in 1969. Around this time, a new petrol station was built next to the old carriageway, next door to The Fish Inn.
The sales shop was expanded and rebuilt in 2007, where it gained Somerfield branding. In 2012, Somerfield became Co-op. In 2016, the petrol station became Esso, and the shop became Spar with a Subway concession. The shop then changed again in 2019 with the store rebranding as a Morrison’s Daily store. The Subway store was also replaced by a hot food counter.
The forecourt was never signed from the road as an official service station. In 2015, a number of new road signs were erected to try to address the poor safety record of this old-fashioned section of road. Those signs included a new advance warning sign so that motorists needing a break are no longer changing lanes at the last moment. There is a long-term plan to widen the road, and this may include more formal signage for the service area.
The petrol station's claim to fame is that the bollards around the exit were the scene of a crash in a 2006 episode of Top Gear. The presenters had stopped there to tend to the dog and purchase from the shop.
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