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List of Service Areas on Smart Motorways

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There is considerable anxiety from motorists surrounding smart motorways, principally related to a fear that they won't be able to get to a place of safety in an emergency.

In addition, some motorists find that the additional hazards associated with smart motorways makes long distance driving more tiresome, meaning they have to stop more regularly. This should be a matter of habit for all motorway driving, but many motorists aim to stop as few times as possible.

This page aims to help by listing all of the motorway service area and similar facilities which are easily accessible from a motorway without a permanent hard shoulder in the UK or Ireland. That includes all Dynamic Hard Shoulder (DHS) and All Lane Running (ALR) smart motorways.

We are not listing Controlled Motorways (CM; commonly known as Variable Speed Limits) as there is very little hysteria surrounding that type of smart motorway. We also aren't listing A-roads without a hard shoulder for the same reason. We already list A-road service areas elsewhere.

Breakdown services may wish to move stranded vehicles to the service areas listed here. Please remember that broken down vehicles must inform staff if they have broken down at a service area, to avoid a parking charge.

This page does not attempt to comment on the benefits or concerns smart motorways. Any motorway without a hard shoulder that isn't listed doesn't have any service areas on that section.

  • You can use our search engine to search for service areas on any motorway.
  • The data below is available as a map.
  • Queries about smart motorways in England should be directed to Highways England.

M1 Smart Motorway Service Areas

See also: Services on the M1

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Toddington M1 between J11 and J12 Moto 3 star Yes
Newport Pagnell M1 between J14 and J15 Welcome Break 3 star Yes
Northampton M1 at J15A and A43 Roadchef 3 star Yes
(Red Lion Truckstop) A4500 near M1 J16 Red Lion Truckstop From the A4500 only
Watford Gap M1 between J16 and J17 Roadchef 3 star Yes
Tibshelf M1 between J28 and J29 Roadchef 3 star Yes
(J29 Truckstop) M1 at J29 J29 Truckstop As a lorry park
(Markham Vale) M1 at J29A EG Group 3 star No
Woodall M1 between J30 and J31 Welcome Break 3 star Yes


M4 Smart Motorway Service Areas

See also: Services on the M4

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Reading M4 between J11 and J12 Moto 3 star Yes


M6 Smart Motorway Service Areas

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See also: Services on the M6

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Corley M6 between J3 and J3A Welcome Break 3 star Yes
Stafford (South) M6 southbound between J14 and J15 Roadchef 3 star Yes
Stafford (North) M6 northbound between J14 and J15 Moto 3 star Yes
Keele M6 between J15 and J16 Welcome Break 3 star Yes
(Barthomley) M6 at J16 and A500 EG Group & Shell 3 star No
Sandbach M6 between J16 and J17 Roadchef 3 star Yes
Knutsford M6 between J18 and J19 Moto 3 star Yes


M25 Smart Motorway Service Areas

See also: Services on the M25

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Clacket Lane M25 between J5 and J6 Roadchef 3 star Yes
South Mimms M25 at J23 and A1(M) at J1 Welcome Break 3 star Yes


M48 Severn Bridge Service Areas

See also: Services on the M48

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Severn View M48 at J1, M4 at J21 and J22 Moto 3 star Yes (as Costa/Burger King from M48)


M62 Smart Motorway Service Areas

See also: Services on the M62

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Birch M62 between J18 and J19 Moto 3 star Yes
Hartshead Moor M62 between J25 and J26 Welcome Break 3 star Yes


M90 Service Areas

See also: Services on the M90

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Kinross M90 at J6 Moto 3 star Yes


Belfast Bus Lane Motorway Service Areas

See also: Services on the NI M1

Services Location Operator Rating Official & Signposted?
Lisburn M1 between J3 and J6 Applegreen 4 star Yes

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