Sandbach Services
The southbound services building
Sandbach Services is located in Cheshire
Sandbach Services
Sandbach Services
Location in Cheshire, England
Sandbach Services is located in UK motorways
Sandbach Services
Sandbach Services
Location on the UK motorway network
Coordinates:53°08′24″N 2°20′12″W / 53.13987°N 2.33665°W / 53.13987; -2.33665
Date opened1976
WebsiteRoadchef Sandbach

Sandbach services is a motorway service station on the M6 in Sandbach, Cheshire, England.


The site was built by Linked Group Construction, with a contract in August 1975 for £906,000.[1] The same Cheshire construction company would be given the £750,000 contract for Taunton Deane services, but the company collapsed before Taunton Deane was built.

The northbound side opened for fuel on Monday 15 December 1975, with the southbound side opening before Christmas 1975. Both sides in 1975 had fuel and limited catering. Full catering would open in the summer of 1976. The site was opened for fuel at an earlier date, as the services at Knutsford and Keele were highly congested at peak times (and still are, notably the petrol at Knutsford).[2]

The services originally fully opened in July 1976 and have always been operated by Roadchef.

In 2004, Swiss catering inspectors, working on behalf of the AA and Continental motoring organisations, found that Sandbach Services were the worst of the 61 service stations they had visited.[3] In August 2011, it was rated as three stars by quality assessors at Visit England.[4]

The arrests of two men in connection with the failed Glasgow bombing were conducted in the vicinity of Sandbach Services[5] because it is relatively isolated services, as opposed to the next set of services at Stoke, on the junction with the A500. They are also the last services on the M6 in Cheshire and therefore the final place for the Cheshire Constabulary to act.


National Express use it for the drivers' 45 minute breaks.


The services are located between junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 on both sides of the carriageway. The nearest town is Sandbach. Nearby attractions include Jodrell Bank Observatory.


  1. ^ Staffordshire Sentinel Friday 8 August 1975, page 12
  2. ^ Staffordshire Sentinel Tuesday 16 December 1975, page 7
  3. ^ Paul Marston, "UK motorway services are the worst in Europe", The Telegraph, 23 June 2004, retrieved 18 July 2012
  4. ^ "Consultancy Services : VisitEngland Corporate Site". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  5. ^ Richard Holt, Duncan Gardham, and David Millward, "Glasgow terror attack: two more arrests", The Telegraph, 2 Jul 2007, retrieved 18 July 2012

Next southbound:Keele Motorway service stations on theM6 motorway Next northbound:Knutsford