Motorway Services Online

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Service stations are open.


Opening Timeline

50 years of Watford Gap.

Below is a list of services organised by when they were opened. It gives you an idea how quickly they spread and when the industry really struggled, plus gives you something to compare the current rate of expansion to.

Motorway services in Great Britain

Services Road Opened
Newport Pagnell M1 between J14 and J15 phased from 2 November 1959 to August 1960
Watford Gap M1 between J16 and J17 phased from 2 November 1959 to September 1960
Strensham M5 between J7 and J8 20 July 1962 (original)
1994 (new northbound)
2002 (new southbound)
Medway M2 between J4 and J5 29 May 1963
Charnock Richard M6 between J27 and J28 29 July 1963
Knutsford M6 between J18 and J19 15 November 1963
Keele M6 between J15 and J16 15 November 1963
Toddington M1 between J11 and J12 20 May 1964
Lancaster M6 between J32 and J33 from 29 January 1965
Leicester Forest East M1 between J21 and J21A 15 February 1966
Frankley M5 between J3 and J4 27 July 1966
Severn View M48 at J1, M4 at J21 and J22 9 September 1966
Heston M4 between J2 and J3 phased from 21 February 1967 to 3 January 1968 (rebuilt 1981 and 1998)
Trowell M1 between J25 and J26 23 March 1967
Woodall M1 between J30 and J31 1 April 1968
London Gateway M1 between J2 and J4 17 March 1969
Washington A1(M) between J64 and J65 27 August 1970
Burton-in-Kendal M6 northbound between J35 and J36 23 October 1970
Hilton Park M6 between J10A and J11 built by 1967
rumoured opening 26 October 1970
Rivington M61 between J6 and J8 rumoured 8 April 1971 (rebuilt in 2011)
Heart of Scotland (Harthill) M8 between J4 and J5 31 August 1971
rebuilt 1987
rebuilt 2006
Michaelwood M5 between J13 and J14 12 December 1971
Corley M6 between J3 and J3A 17 January 1972
Leigh Delamere M4 between J17 and J18 rumoured 14 March 1972
Membury M4 between J14 and J15 rumoured 15 April 1972
Woolley Edge M1 between J38 and J39 rumoured 25 April 1972
Killington Lake M6 southbound between J36 and J37 rumoured 9 May 1972
(rebuilt 1985)
Tebay M6 between J38 and J39 15 June 1972
Southwaite northbound M6 between J41 and J42 from 3 July 1972
Birch M62 between J18 and J19 29 November 1972
Gretna A74(M) between J21 and J22 1972 (TRSA)
1992 (MSA)
Gordano M5 at J19 7 May 1973
Hartshead Moor M62 between J25 and J26 from 22 May 1973
Fleet M3 between J4A and J5 6 June 1973
Chester M56 at J14 1973 (rest area)
1998 (MSA)
Burtonwood M62 at J8 rumoured 19 August 1974
Sandbach M6 between J16 and J17 1975
Hamilton M74 northbound between J5 and J6 20 June 1975
rebuilt 1987?
Bothwell M74 southbound between J4 and J5 27 June 1975
rebuilt 1987?
Rownhams westbound M27 westbound between J3 and J4 21 June 1976
Taunton Deane southbound M5 southbound between J25 and J26 1976
Northampton M1 at J15A and A43 1978
Exeter M5 at J30 rumoured 24 May 1977 (would have been phased opening)
Southwaite southbound M6 southbound between J41 and J42 1977
Leeming Bar A1(M) at J51 1977 (TRSA)
2016 (rest area)
Scotch Corner A1(M) at J53 and A66 1980 (TRSA)
2017 (rest area)
Kinross M90 at J6 1980
Pont Abraham M4 at J49 17 June 1983
Old Inns M80 at J6 1984 (TRSA)
2011 (MSA)
Ferrybridge M62 at J33 and A1 2 February 1985
Sedgemoor southbound M5 southbound between J21 and J22 1975? (rest area)
rumoured 28 April 1986 (MSA)
Chieveley M4 at J13 and A34 27 June 1986
Stirling M9 at J9 and M80 at J6 1986
Sarn Park M4 at J36 1986 (rebuilt in 2016)
South Mimms M25 at J23 and A1(M) at J1 6 June 1987
Rownhams eastbound M27 eastbound between J3 and J4 1987?
Sedgemoor northbound M5 northbound between J21 and J22 1975? (rest area)
1987 (MSA)
Blyth A1(M)/A1 at J34 1987
Taunton Deane northbound M5 northbound between J25 and J26 1989
Tamworth M42 at J10 and A5 1990
Cardiff West M4 at J33 1990
Swansea West M4 at J47 9 August 1991
Magor M4 at J23A 8 April 1992
Thurrock M25 at J30 and J31, A13 and A282 16 June 1992 (temporary facilities available earlier)
Pease Pottage M23 at J11 and A23 1992
Tebay southbound M6 southbound between J38 and J39 3 June 1993
Clacket Lane M25 between J5 and J6 phased from 21 June 1993
Abington M74 and A74(M) at J13 1993
Cherwell Valley M40 at J10 and A43 31 March 1994 (rebuilt and reopened in February 2012)
Happendon (Cairn Lodge) M74 at J11 and J12 1994
Warwick M40 between J12 and J13 1994
Durham A1(M) at J61 23 August 1994
Birchanger Green M11 at J8 9 March 1995
Annandale Water A74(M) at J16 6 April 1995
Reading M4 between J11 and J12 1995
Stafford northbound M6 northbound between J14 and J15 1 April 1996
Maidstone M20 at J8 1997
Oxford M40 at J8A and A40 1998
Tibshelf M1 between J28 and J29 1999
Stafford southbound M6 southbound between J14 and J15 1999
Bridgwater M5 at J24 1999?
Donington M1 at J23A and J24, A42 and A50 8 July 1999
Hopwood Park M42 at J2 2 August 1999
Cullompton M5 at J28 3 September 1999
Doncaster (North) M18 at J5 and M180 2000
Cardiff Gate M4 at J30 2000?
Peterborough A1(M)/A1 at J17 15 January 2001
Baldock A1(M)/A1 at J10 22 January 2001
Winchester M3 between J8 and J9 2001
Blackburn with Darwen M65 at J4 2002
Telford M54 at J4 17 March 2003
Norton Canes M6 Toll between JT6 and JT7 9 March 2004
Folkestone (Stop 24) M20 at J11 from 9 January 2008
Wetherby A1(M) at J46 from 23 August 2008
Beaconsfield M40 at J2 17 March 2009
Cobham M25 between J9 and J10 13 September 2012
Gloucester northbound M5 between J11A and J12 7 May 2014
Gloucester southbound M5 between J11A and J12 19 May 2015
Leeds Skelton Lake M1 at J45 from 30 March 2020

Other Services

The following services don't fit in to either of the above categories, but the data has been recorded so might as well be shared. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list: if a period seems to have seen a lot of services open, it may just be that there is a lot more data available for that year than others.

Services Road Opened
Kings Worthy A33 north of Winchester 1946
Peartree A34 on the Oxford Ring Road 29 June 1964
Ross Spur A449 near A40/M50 1966
Lolworth A14 between J28 and J29 1969
Oaktree A1 near Bedale 1973
Newby A65 between Ingleton and Settle 1974?
Symonds Yat A40 between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth 1975
Liphook A3 between Hindhead and Petersfield 1983
Newmarket A11 and A14 1984
Milton Park (Didcot) A34 at Didcot 1985
Whitchurch A41/A49 1985
Weyhill A303 between Andover and Amesbury 1986
Sutton Scotney A34 north of Winchester 1986
Monmouth A40 between Newport and Monmouth 1986 (original)
rebuilt and reopened on 16 March 2016 and 21 May 2016
Nene Valley A45 between Northampton and Wellingborough 1987
Handcross A23 between Crawley and Brighton 1987
Llanddulas A55 at J23 1987
Guildford A3 near Guildford 1988
Podimore A303 at Podimore 1988
Markham Moor A1/A57 Markham exit 1988
Saltash A38 between Plymouth and Bodmin 1988?
Markfield M1 at J22 1989
Talke A500 1989
Musselburgh A1 near City Bypass 1989
Ilminster A303 Ilminster Bypass 1989
Alfreton A38 between Mansfield and Derby 1989
Fenny Stratford A5 at Milton Keynes 1989
Colsterworth A1 near Colsterworth 1989
Fontwell A27/A29 at Fontwell 1989
Dreghorn A720 at the Dreghorn exit 1989
Countess A303 at Amesbury 1990
Barnetby Top M180 J5 and A15 1990?
Thrapston A14/A45 at Thrapston 1991
Ely A10 at Ely 1991
Buckland A420 near Faringdon 1991
Sutterton A16/A17 junction 1991
Warminster A36 near Warminster 1992
Copdock A1214 near Copdock 1992?
Bangor A5 and A55 1993
Crossbush A27 near Arundel 1994
Monkton A77 at Monkton 1994?
Shrewsbury A5/A49 at Shrewsbury 1995
Kettering A14 between J8 and J9 1996
Tot Hill A34 near Newbury 1998
Maresfield A22 Maresfield Bypass 1998
Four Pools A46 Evesham Bypass 1998
Broxden M90/A9 Broxden Roundabout 2000
Cambridge A14 at J28 1 December 2000
Rheged A66 at Slapstones 2000
Farnham A31 at Farnham 2001
Derby South A50 near Derby 2001
Petersfield A3 at Petersfield 2002
Cirencester A417 at Cirencester 2002
Polegate A27/A22 at Polegate 2005
Tunbridge Wells A21 at Tunbridge Wells 2006
Leicester North A46 north of Leicester 24 June 2008
Derby and Burton A38/A50 near Derby 29 July 2008
Uttoxeter A50 near Uttoxeter 2011
Cornwall A30 near Roche from 24 June 2014
Fairfield A16 at Louth 1 November 2014
Templepatrick M2 northbound between J4 and J5 2015
Ashington A24 between Horsham and Worthing 2016
Lisburn south-westbound M1 south-westbound between J3 and J6 2016
Lisburn north-eastbound M1 north-eastbound between J3 and J6 2017
Lincs Gateway A16 at Spalding 2017
Rothwell Truckstop A14 at J3 April 2019

Specific Dates in Date Order

The following services are the ones we have an exact opening date for.

Note that this is more complicated than you'd think. Most services are opened in stages to get the money coming in before the building is finished. Many have a 'dummy run' where they quietly open so they can iron out any issues. Finally, there's then the official opening date, where the press are invited.

As we search our records, we find these dates have been mixed up. We're only interested in the date the main building opened, and have marked any entries where we think it might be wrong.

Services Opened
Folkestone 9 January 2008
Peterborough 15 January 2001
Corley 17 January 1972
Baldock 22 January 2001
Forton from 29 January 1965
Ferrybridge 2 February 1985
Leicester Forest East 15 February 1966
Heston from 21 February 1967
Birchanger Green 9 March 1995
Norton Canes 9 March 2004
Leigh Delamere rumoured 14 March 1972
Scratchwood 17 March 1969
Telford 17 March 2003
Beaconsfield 17 March 2009
Trowell 23 March 1967
Leeds Skelton Lake from 30 March 2020
Cherwell Valley 31 March 1994
Woodall 1 April 1968
Stafford northbound 1 April 1996
Annandale Water 6 April 1995
Anderton / Rivington / Bolton West / whatever rumoured 8 April 1971
Magor 8 April 1992
Membury rumoured 15 April 1972
Woolley Edge rumoured 25 April 1972
Sedgemoor southbound rumoured 28 April 1986
Gordano 7 May 1973
Gloucester (North) 7 May 2014
Killington Lake rumoured 9 May 1972
Gloucester (South) 19 May 2015
Toddington 20 May 1964
Hartshead Moor from 22 May 1973
Exeter rumoured 24 May 1977
Farthing Corner 29 May 1963
Tebay southbound 3 June 1993
Fleet 6 June 1973
South Mimms 6 June 1987
Tebay West 15 June 1972
Thurrock 16 June 1992 (temporary facilities available earlier)
Pont Abraham 17 June 1983
Hamilton 20 June 1975
Clacket Lane phased from 21 June 1993
Rownhams 21 June 1976
Leicester 24 June 2008
Bothwell 27 June 1975
Chieveley 27 June 1986
Oxford Peartree 29 June 1964
Southwaite from 3 July 1972
Donington Park 8 July 1999
Strensham 20 July 1962
Frankley 27 July 1966
Charnock Richard 29 July 1963
Derby with Burton 29 July 2008
Hopwood Park 2 August 1999
Cambridge 9 August 1991
Newport Pagnell phased from 2 November 1959 to August 1960
Burtonwood rumoured 19 August 1974
Wetherby from 23 August 2008
Durham 23 August 1994
Washington 27 August 1970
Harthill 31 August 1971
Cullompton 3 September 1999
Aust 9 September 1966
Cobham 13 September 2012
Burton West 23 October 1970
Rothersthorpe rumoured 24 October 1972, but this doesn't fit
Hilton Park rumoured 26 October 1970
Watford Gap phased from 2 November 1959 to September 1960
Knutsford, Keele 15 November 1963
Birch 29 November 1972
Cambridge 1 December 2000
Michaelwood 12 December 1971