Taunton Deane Services
General view from the M5
Taunton Deane Services is located in Somerset
Taunton Deane Services
Taunton Deane Services
Location within Somerset
Information
CountySomerset
RoadM5 Motorway
Coordinates:50°58′35″N 3°08′48″W / 50.976477°N 3.146572°W / 50.976477; -3.146572
OperatorRoadchef
WebsiteRoadchef Taunton Deane

Taunton Deane services is a double sided motorway service station on the M5 motorway near Taunton, England. It is owned by Roadchef.

Location

The services are located between junctions 25 and 26 of the M5 motorway in Somerset. There are two sites, one for each direction connected by a walk bridge.[1] After a spate of suicides by hanging, the bridge had anti-suicide bars installed.[2]

Facilities

The services opened in 1976, and employ around 130 people. In 2012, they were awarded RoadChef's Heroes of the Year Awards.[3]

A Costa Coffee drive thru opened on the southbound services in 2019.[4] A corresponding northbound drive thru opened the following year.[5]

Cleanliness

The services were notorious in the early 2000s for its poor cleanliness rating. In general, the southbound side receives better ratings than the northbound side. In 2012, the Food Standards Agency gave both sides a rating of 5, showing improvement.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Taunton Deane". RoadChef. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Taunton footbridge.jpg - motorway services". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Taunton Deane Services scoop awards". Somerset County Gazette. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Costa Drive Thru opens at Roadchef Taunton Deane Services". Somerset County Gazette. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Roadchef's second Costa Drive Thru at Taunton Deane". Somerset County Gazette. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  6. ^ Agency, Food Standards. "Food Standards Agency - Search for food hygiene ratings". ratings.food.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2018.