A small service area on the eastbound side of the Swanley Bypass.
Swanley By Pass
- Grid reference: TQ492700
Trivia and History
In the 1980s there were several efforts to build a service station on the A20 into London. In 1986, BP proposed one on the westbound side near Sidcup. In 1988 Fina proposed an eastbound petrol station and restaurant somewhere near Swanley, which was rejected. Although Kelly's Kitchen weren't named in the plan, the date and applicant suggests they had been planning another branch here.
The chosen site was a 1930s farm building called Waddon. In 1983, the farm became a scrap yard. The site was purchased by BP in 1988, and turned into Swanley North services, with access from the new A20 bypass. It opened in around 1992 and the McDonald's joined it a few years later.
Another developer tried to build a westbound service area in 1995, slightly east of here, by the railway bridge.
|start of road||Services on the A20||
Maidstone (M20, 25 miles)|
Thurrock (M25 north, 11 miles)
Clacket Lane (M25 south, 15 miles)
Tunbridge Wells (A21 south, 27 miles)
Tollgate (A2 east, 12 miles)