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South Queensferry and Ferrymuir services

Location:

M90/A90 at J1A
(also accessible to traffic on the A904, A9000, B800 and the B907)

Signposted from the road? From A90 north only

Postcode:

EH30 9YJ / EH30 9QZ

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Series of sites arranged around a junction.



Two small service areas positioned in the Queensferry area, by the new Queensferry Crossing. Both are signposted from the A90 northbound but not the M90 southbound, even though they are accessible from and slightly closer to the M90.

Facilities

The South Queensferry site is positioned close to the A90 roundabout.

Catering: Brewers Fayre (Queens Crossing), McDonald's Drive Thru Main Amenities: Children's Play Area Hotel: Premier Inn Forecourt: BP, Wild Bean Café, M&S Simply Food, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash, Free Cash Machine

Ferrymuir Alternative Facilities

The Ferrymuir site on the B800 is signed as "alternative services". No HGV access is permitted.

Catering: Burger King Drive Thru, Dakota Bar & Grillwebsite, Tesco Café Shops: Tesco Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Free Cash Machine Hotel: Dakota Hotelswebsite Charging Points: Pod Point 7kW Type 2 Forecourt: Tesco, Shop, AdBlue Containers, Car Wash

There is an additional Shell forecourt on Ferry Muir Road, which is no longer signed.

Parking Price

Short stay customer parking is provided at both sites.

No formal HGV bays are provided, although HGVs can access the South Queensferry site.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Builyeon Road
South Queensferry
West Lothian
EH30 9YJ / EH30 9QZ


Trivia and History

This site consists of two separate service areas positioned on either side of the Echline Junction, on the old A90. Now the A90 has been moved to the west to meet the Queensferry Crossing, both services can be accessed from the new Queensferry Junction (M90 J1A) - but signs are only provided when heading north, as even if there was enough space it would need to become a full MSA to be signed southbound. Despite this, it is signed once you are on the M90 exit slip road.

If - as the plan was and may be again - the A90 south of here is upgraded to become M90, it's likely that the 'services' signs will be removed from that road, leaving signs on the local roads only.

Original Development

Shell forecourt.
The Shell garage at Forth Road Bridge services.

The Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964, with a large toll booth at South Queensferry. In about 1968 the Forth Bridges Motel was built next to it. This was a large, three-storey, block-shaped building with an excellent view across the Forth Estuary from both the hotel and the car park.

The Forth Bridges Motel and its large parking area were at one end of a street called Ferrymuir Gait. At the other end, a garage was built around the same time as the hotel, close to the junction with what later became the A8000 Ferry Muir Road. The garage became a Shell forecourt and the area became known as Forth Road Bridge services. It was signposted from the A8000 with a number of signs incorrectly calling it a "Sevices". Ordnance Survey mapping marked the site with a 'services' symbol where the hotel was.

Additional Facilities

In the 1990s, Forthview service station was built on the A904 Builyeon Road as a Texaco filling station. This meant that there was now a petrol station both west and east of the A90 at Echline Junction, which traded well on the basis that this was the last exit before the busy Forth Road Bridge. Signs on the A90 informed motorists of both sites, and told drivers they could turn left or right.

The Texaco forecourt was joined by a McDonald's Drive Thru, Travel Inn and The Queens Crossing branch of Brewers Fayre in the mid-1990s, and become known as the South Queensferry services. The new hotel and restaurant offered significant competition for the Forth Bridges Motel, and is likely to have been the cause of its decline in the late 1990s.

The final new development came from outline planning permission granted in 1999 for a mixed-use development on the south side of the A8000 Ferry Muir Road. A combined plan from FR Evans Leeds Ltd. and Tesco in 2000 saw a Tesco supermarket and filling station alongside a Burger King Drive Thru restaurant and Frankie & Benny's restaurant all open here in 2001. This was signed as 'Ferrymuir services' from the A8000, which was now the main road towards Edinburgh. It piggy-backed on the signage already directing traffic down here for the Forth Road Bridge services. In 2006 the A8000 was by-passed by the extended M9 spur, causing the old road to be downgraded to B800. This site was still signposted as services from the B800.

Developments and Changes

The Forth Bridges Motel became the South Queensferry Hotel in the 1990s, and gained a café on the ground floor which was aimed at parking traffic. The hotel became tired and later closed in 1999, being demolished shortly afterwards. A brief refurbishment of the Shell forecourt in August 2016 also saw the official signs removed and not replaced. One reason for this is that it benefits from the signs pointing to the surrounding services anyway. A large car and lorry park can still be found at the end of Ferrymuir Gait, providing access to the Forth Bridges viewpoint, but this is no longer considered a formal service area.

Since the demolition of the hotel, there have been several plans to utilise the land for housing developments, with the latest from Ambassador Homes currently ongoing.

The South Queensferry forecourt was acquired by BP in 2003, who redeveloped and rebranded the forecourt to one of their BP Connect sites, adding a Wild Bean Café to the site. The forecourt also later gained a M&S Simply Food store in 2007.

The South Queensferry hotel has also rebranded a couple of times, becoming Premier Travel Inn before Premier Inn in 2007. The hotel also gained an extension in 2018.

The Ferrymuir site has also gained additional facilities since opening; The Tesco supermarket has received several extensions, and the filling station gained a car wash in 2007. The car park also gained a PodPoint electric vehicle charging point in 2020. A Dakota Hotel and bar was also added in 2004.

Access Changes

The A90 Forth Road Bridge was restricted to buses, taxis and motorcycles only in 2017 following the opening of the new M90 Queensferry Crossing, along with being renumbered to the A9000. The services are now accessed via the new Queensferry junction and includes signs for "Services" pointing down the Builyeon Road. Once at the South Queensferry services, signs tell traffic it can either turn left into the services or continue ahead for "alternative services" at Ferrymuir, which are now positioned a mile away from the new M90 junction.

It is unknown whether the sites will see any difference in trade however, with both sites being surrounded by towns and villages, it's unlikely that any dramatic impact will be seen.

Alternatives

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none on A90
Heart of Scotland (Harthill) (M8 west, 22 miles)
Dreghorn (A720, 15 miles)
Services on the M90/A90Kinross (18 miles)