An experimental building design which either went very wrong, or very right, depending on how you look at it. Thurrock sits slightly isolated alongside a busy section of the M25, where finding the exit can be a challenge.
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Thurrock Motorway Services Area
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This service area experience a 'mini rush hour' at 21:55 as the Dartford Crossing, immediately south of here, is free to use after 22:00 only. As a result astute and frugal motorists will wait in the car park until the end of the charging period.
In Spring 2018, the services came last in Transport Focus's satisfaction survey, scoring 68%. Moto attributed this to refurbishment work going on at the time. The following year it rocketed up to 93%.
A 5-mile approach sign for the northbound services is the most advance example of one on the motorway network. It has the subheading "through tunnel" explaining the reason for the early warning. It also allows motorists to exit at either J31 or J30, depending on which lane they use and what the traffic is like.
The size of the roundabouts here will add a considerable distance to an anti-clockwise journey - almost two miles.
A couple held their wedding reception at this service area after winning a mystery prize from a local radio station. They were treated to several laps of the M25 on a coach.
| South Mimms (34 miles)|
Birchanger Green (M11 north, 32 miles)
|Services on the M25||
road becomes A282|
Clacket Lane (M25, 21 miles)
Maidstone (M20, 30 miles)
Medway (M2, 27 miles)
Tollgate (A2 east, 10 miles)
|none||Services on the A13||Orsett Cock (7 miles)|
|Toddington (M1 north, 54 miles)||Moto services||
Medway (M2, 27 miles)|
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 43 miles)
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