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Rivington services

Location:

M61 between J6 and J8 (there is no J7)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

BL6 5UZ

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.

Rating: See the reviews



A range of facilities sitting on the site of Bolton West, formerly one of the worst-ranked services around.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Greggs, Starbucks, Subway, Starbucks on the Go
northbound only: Krispy Kreme, Tango Ice Blast
southbound only: Vimto Frozen
Shops: Spar Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Dog Walking Area, Free Cash Machine, Jackpot Lounge, Showers Hotel: Rivington Lodgewebsite Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, AdBlue4You

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £14.99, or £19.99 to include a food voucher.

Prices are paid in the pay machines situated in each car park or Spar shop.

The fees are strictly enforced.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Euro Garages
Anderton Motorway Services Area
M61
Horwich
Bolton
Lancashire
BL6 5UZ

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01204 669962 (northbound)
    01204 460482 (southbound)
  • 🗺 Grid reference: SD621116


Trivia and Design

Bolton West services.
The entrance to the old building.

Full details: History:Rivington

The current Rivington services is unrecognisable from the place it replaced, Bolton West services. It was completely rebuilt and renamed in 2011, having already been renamed several times.

The new buildings are much smaller than what was there before, and are effectively large petrol stations.

The Subway outlet here is Halal and is open 24 hours. The toilet facilities are accessed from the Spar store with little signage from the rest of the service area.

The service area has two bridge crossings: one footbridge and one driving bridge, neither of which serve as a Rear Access (except as a public footpath).

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 100% satisfaction score for the northbound services and 95% for the southbound services. This meant the northbound side was one of the country's top two. By 2019 it had fallen to a mediocre 84% and 87% respectively.

Rivington is used as the only site from which Transport Focus calculate a total score for Euro Garages. In 2017 and 2018 is ranked them as one of the best (97%), but in 2019 they got by far the worst score - 86%. This was back to 97% in 2020, showing just how erratic Transport Focus can be.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
none on M61
Birch (M62 east, 13 miles)
Services on the M61 none on M61
Lancaster (M6 north, 27 miles)
Blackburn with Darwen (M65, 15 miles)
Tickled Trout (M6 north, 13 miles)

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