Stafford Services
M6 Stafford Services (South-bound) - geograph.org.uk - 84994.jpg
Stafford South building.
Stafford Services is located in Staffordshire
Stafford Services
Stafford Services
Location in Staffordshire, England
Stafford Services is located in UK motorways
Stafford Services
Stafford Services
Location on the UK motorway network
Information
CountyStaffordshire
RoadM6
Coordinates:52°53′04″N 2°10′15″W / 52.88436°N 2.17083°W / 52.88436; -2.17083Coordinates: 52°53′04″N 2°10′15″W / 52.88436°N 2.17083°W / 52.88436; -2.17083
Northbound services
OperatorMoto
Date opened1996[1]
FuelBP
WebsiteMoto
Southbound services
OperatorRoadChef
Date opened1999[1]
FuelEsso
WebsiteRoadchef Stafford South

Stafford services is a pair of motorway service stations on the M6 motorway near Stone, Staffordshire, England. In August 2011 it was rated as 4 stars (northbound - Moto) and 3 stars (southbound - Roadchef) by quality assessors at Visit England.[2]

It is unusual, in that the facilities on the northbound (opened 1996) and southbound (1999) sides of the motorway are operated by separate companies: Moto (formerly Granada) and Roadchef respectively. They are 1 mile (1.6 km)[3] apart.

History

Prior to the construction of the station, a geophysical survey was undertaken to examine cropmarks which possibly marked the location of a ring ditch to ensure that an archaeological site was not destroyed. The ditch was not found, although medieval and post-medieval artefacts were recovered.[4][5]

Blue Boar constructed the southbound services, in addition to their services at Watford Gap but shortly before completion in 1999 they were acquired by Roadchef, who now operate the site.[6]

The 2019 Motorway Services User Survey found that Stafford's northbound side was in the top five motorway services in the UK for customer satisfaction.[7]

Location

The services are located in Staffordshire on the M6 motorway between junctions 14 and 15, and are accessed directly from the motorway. Stoke on Trent is located about 10 miles (16 km) to the north, Manchester about 60 miles (97 km) to the north, and Stafford is about 8 miles (13 km) to the south. By road they are about 150 miles (240 km) from London and 30 miles (48 km) from Birmingham.

References

  1. ^ a b Motorway Services Trivia - Chronology - Accessed 16 February 2009
  2. ^ "Consultancy Services : VisitEngland Corporate Site". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Driving directions". Google Maps. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  4. ^ Ings, M. (1993), North Pirehill Farm, Stone, Staffordshire: Fieldwalking and Geophysical Survey (Report No 93145), Cirencester: Cotswold Archaeological Trust Ltd
  5. ^ Ings, M. (1994), Norh Pirehill Farm, Stone, Staffordshire: Archaeological Evaluation (Report No 93152), Cirencester: Cotswold Archaeological Trust Ltd
  6. ^ Stafford South, Motorway Services Online, UK. Accessed 16 February 2009.
  7. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (31 July 2019). "Severn Bridge services named as worst on England's motorways". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2019.