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Tiverton services

Location:

M5 at J27
(also accessible to traffic on the A38 and the A361)

Not signposted from the road.

Post Code:

EX16 7HD

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:

A very small service area, designed for traffic on the A38. It is not signed from the M5 but it is directly accessible from J27.

There is no parking for HGVs at the services.

Facilities[edit]

Catering: Burger King, Costa Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £6. Season ticket parking is available. There is no HGV parking at the services.

Prices are paid in the restaurant or using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2468.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Junction 27 Services
Sampford Peverell
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 7HD

  • Telephone number: 01884 829423
  • Grid reference: ST048138


Trivia and History[edit]

Costa Tiverton.
Inside the former Little Chef.

At £6, the services has the cheapest car parking ever seen at a UK service station, even if it isn't a full motorway service area. This may be connected to the Tiverton Parkway railway station opposite, although the two aren't easy to walk between.

Although parking for lorries and coaches isn't provided (as was often the case at Forte services), some lorries do park unofficially on the unclassified road serving it.

Leonard Moor Farm was demolished when the motorway was built, leaving only Leonard Moor House. In 1978 Farmhouse Inns Ltd wanted to turn this into a restaurant and accommodation. Eventually the whole site was demolished and in 1986 Forte opened a Little Chef and adjoining lodge were built. This gained a Coffee Stop.

Forte's properties were acquired by Granada in 1995, which became Moto, who continue to operate the site. The Burger King was added by Granada, while in 2008 Moto replaced the Little Chef with their preferred franchise, Costa.

The filling station here is operated by Shell.

Expansion Plans[edit]

In 1994, 2000 and 2006, Moto expressed their interest in making it a full MSA.

In 2009 another operator attempted to build a full motorway service area opposite the junction, with the aim being to create a gateway to Mid Devon called 'Junction 27'. The plans had to be scaled down to a rest area as Tiverton complained it would take traffic from their site, even though the developer claimed they were after different markets and Tiverton could benefit from the increased traffic (the two sites would have been connected).

The plans were later rejected altogether as the council weren't interested in what they called a "half-measure", and they wanted something bigger to relieve congestion at Cullompton.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
Taunton Deane (10 miles) Services on the M5 Cullompton (4 miles)
Bridgwater (22 miles) Moto services Exeter (16 miles)

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