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Service stations are open.

Tickled Trout services


M6 at J31
(also accessible to traffic on the A59)

Signposted from the road? No (side-roads only)



map and directions


Single site located at a junction.


Amusingly named services located by the River Ribble.


COVID-19 update: Most service areas are fully open. We are regularly reviewing our information.
Catering: Riverside Bar & Loungewebsite, Scottish Steakhousewebsite Hotel: Macdonald Hotels (Tickled Trout)website Forecourt: BP, Nisa Local, Subway, Costa Express, LPG (BP Autogas), AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Free parking for one hour; £1 per hour thereafter, capped at £12 which allows 24 hours parking.

Prices are paid at the pay machines situated in the car park or in the Nisa Local shop.

There is no overnight parking available for caravans, motorhomes or HGVs.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Tickled Trout Services
Preston New Road

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Tickled Trout services.
The view of the services in 1959.

The service area is named after the Tickled Trout Hotel next to the site. The adjacent motorway junction is often referred to as the Tickled Trout as a result.

The first building here was built in the 1930s on Preston New Road, called the Riverside Cafe. The eastbound A59 access road is the original line of the road. As a result, it was initially known as Riverside services.

In 1958 the UK's first motorway junction was built next to Tickled Trout, causing the road to be diverted and a lot more traffic to be attracted to the area, despite never having been signed from the M6. It has since been extended several times.

The site was extensively rebuilt in 2010, at the same time as the nearby junction improvements were carried out.

In late 2015, the filling station was re-branded and a Subway outlet replaced the Greenhaights Coffee Shop. The upstairs area is used by The Cake Decorating Co.


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