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Service stations are open.

West Wellow services


A36 Ower Roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the A3090)

Signposted from the road.


SO51 6GF

(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.

A small service area on a roundabout close to M27 J2.


COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Forecourt: Esso, Shop 'n Drive, Costa Express, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Skwishee Iced Drinks, LPG (FloGas), AdBlue Containers, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles.

Parking on the forecourt and HGV parking is limited to 60 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by Horizon Parking.

Parking within the McDonald's car park is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by MET Parking.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
West Wellow Service Area
Romsey Road
SO51 6GF

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Ower houses.
The houses at the back of the services.

Planning permission was sought by the family who ran Barton Stacey services. They then sold the majority of the land to developers in 1990. At the time the roundabout served both the A36 and the A31, although the A31 here had already lost its status as an important route. It was initially known as Ower services.

EG Nash & Partners were the first developer in the records. They were only focused on building a Texaco forecourt, but they wanted it to be part of a "comprehensive TRSA", and published a number of indicative layouts showing a motorists' restaurant and several parking areas.

Their plans showed the possibility of building a restaurant to the west, north or east. One of these, which may have been published prematurely, named the restaurant as an 80-seat Little Chef. This one included space for a Travelodge too. The plans also included a landscaped picnic area at the eastern end, by the River Blackwater, which was provided but quickly became overgrown and is now abandoned.

The service area was built on a long driveway with Shelley Nursery and some associated bungalows at the far end. Those bungalows can now only be accessed by driving through the service area. There was an additional house by the roundabout which had to be demolished.

In 1993, not long after the petrol station had opened, the restaurant partner was announced as McDonald's. Their restaurant opened shortly after.

In 1998 there was another attempt to build a Travelodge here, on the unused land at the western end of the site, but this was unable to secure planning permission.

The Star Market forecourt shop became a Somerfield, and then Co-op Food. The supermarkets wanted it known as 'West Wellow services'.

In November 2019, the petrol station was sold to Rontec and rebranded Esso, with the convenience store becoming Shop 'n Drive.


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