Cherwell Valley Services
The new building in 2013
Cherwell Valley Services is located in Oxfordshire
Cherwell Valley Services
Cherwell Valley Services
Location within Oxfordshire
Coordinates:51°56′57″N 1°11′55″W / 51.949116°N 1.198555°W / 51.949116; -1.198555
OperatorMoto Hospitality
Date opened1994

Cherwell Valley services is a motorway service station on the M40 motorway at Stoke Lyne, near Bicester, in Oxfordshire, England. In addition to the normal facilities provided by a motorway service station, the site also includes a Travelodge hotel in a separate building, together with a riverside walk.


The services are located at junction 10 of the M40, where the motorway intersects the A43 trunk road. The services lie to the east of this junction, and are accessed from the roundabout at the junction, meaning that they are accessible to non-motorway traffic. The next nearest services on the M40 are Warwick, to the north, and Oxford, to the south.[1][2]

Despite its name, the services are neither in the valley nor the drainage basin of the River Cherwell, but rather beside a small east-flowing stream that becomes part of the Padbury Brook before joining the River Great Ouse at Buckingham.[1][2]


Cherwell Valley services, including the associated hotel, were opened in the spring of 1994 and gave the 89-mile motorway its first service station, more than three years after its completion. The site was previously occupied by a toilet facility, which had been there since the motorway's opening.[3][4]

On 15 April 2010, fire broke out in the main building. There were no casualties but the main building was destroyed. The hotel and fuel station were not affected. Temporary replacement facilities were introduced shortly after the fire, whilst construction of a new permanent replacement building started on 27 June 2010. The new building was completed in time to be opened on 30 June 2011, and is substantially larger than its 1994 predecessor.[5][6][7]



  1. ^ a b OS Road: East Anglia and East Midlands (Map). 1:250,000. Ordnance Survey. 2020. ISBN 9780319263778.
  2. ^ a b OS Explorer 191: Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton (Map). 1:25,000. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319243848.
  3. ^ "Granada Services Cherwell Valley". Mace Group Ltd. 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ "M40". Archived from the original on 8 January 2024. Retrieved 8 January 2024.
  5. ^ "Fire destroys M40 Cherwell Valley services". BBC News Channel. 15 April 2010. Archived from the original on 8 January 2024. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  6. ^ Shepherd, Tom (15 April 2010). "Fire destroys Cherwell Valley Services". Oxford Mail. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Cherwell Valley Services on M40 reopens after fire". BBC News Oxford. 29 June 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.

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