Severn View services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M48 at J1|
(also accessible to traffic on the A403 and the B4461 and not far from the M4)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
M48 Service Area
Aust Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01454 632851|
|Signposted from the road?||As Costa/Burger King|
|Previous operators:||Top Rank, Pavilion, Granada|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Severn View/Moto's official website|
Possibly the windiest service area known to man, Severn View is a historic and now slightly neglected site alongside the original Severn Bridge. Despite its name, it is not actually immediately adjacent to the bridge, the river or the motorway junction, though it is connected to all three by public footpaths.
Catering: Burger King, Costa, Costa Express Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Games Arcade, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: Travelodge Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £18.50, or £20 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2460.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
For all its flaws, the services are still probably the best place to park for accessing the Severn Bridge, but remember the two-hour free parking limit. It's also ideal if you need to get change to use the toll bridge.
The current amenity building is probably the smallest at any signed motorway service area, but the large grounds make up for this.
Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.
In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated an 83% satisfaction score for the services.
In 2015, the services were rated as 3 stars by VisitEngland.
In May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 2 stars.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as a 2/5.
In 1991, a Which? survey recommended the services.
In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "appalling". When he visited only the café was open, which was very quiet, had rude staff, dirty toilets, and served him soup with a "striking resemblance to gloss paint". He did note that the café was "cinema-like" in its design and décor, and offered "a fine view".
By contrast, in 1974 he said the restaurant was "the most tempting motorway restaurant in England".
| none on M48|
Leigh Delamere (M4 east, 23 miles)
Michaelwood (M5 north, 13 miles)
Gordano (M5 south, 13 miles)
|Services on the M48||
none on M48|
Magor (M4 west, 11 miles)
|Leigh Delamere (M4 east, 23 miles)||Moto services||Swansea (M4 west, 69 miles)|
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