Rugby Services
Rugby Services is located in Warwickshire
Rugby Services
Rugby Services
Location within Warwickshire
Coordinates:52°24′29″N 1°14′45″W / 52.40809°N 1.24573°W / 52.40809; -1.24573
OperatorMoto Hospitality
Date opened30 April 2021

Rugby services is a motorway service station operated by Moto Hospitality and situated at junction 1 of the M6 motorway in Warwickshire, England.


The services was built to fill one of the largest gaps without services on the major motorway network, whereby vehicles travelling south on the M6 and joining the M1 must travel for 25 miles between Corley and Watford Gap.[1] The proposed building of a services in the Rugby area dates back to 1975, when plans were put forward for a site at Harborough Magna, approximately two miles north of Junction 1; the slip roads for the site were built and exist to this day, but the plan was shelved in 1980.[2]

A further proposal was made in 2003 by Extra MSA Services, but was rejected by Warwickshire County Council as it would violate their green belt planning policy.[3] A new plan by Moto was put forward in 2016 and approved in November 2017.[4]

The services were due to open in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic and adverse weather conditions meant that opening was delayed until 30 April 2021.[3] In October 2022, the services was named the best in Britain by a survey of over 31,000 people by Transport Focus, the statutory watchdog for transport passengers and road users.[5]


  1. ^ Hartley, Laura (28 September 2016). "New service station proposed for M6 outside of Coventry". Coventry Live. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  2. ^ Dimmer, Sam (19 December 2017). "New Moto service station being built on M6 near Catthorpe Interchange in Leicestershire". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Rugby Services". Motorway Services Online. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Motorway services approved despite warnings of 'misery to Rugby residents'". Rugby Observer. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Moto's Rugby services on the M6 in Warwickshire voted best in Britain". ITV News. Retrieved 9 August 2023.

Next southbound:None on M6Watford Gap on M1 Motorway service stations on theM6 motorway Next northbound:Corley