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Abington services


M74 and A74(M) at J13
(also accessible to traffic on the A702 and the B7078)

Signposted from the road.


ML12 6RG

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Single site located at a junction.

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A small service area located in the picturesque hills of Lanarkshire, in a corner of the motorway junction.


Catering: Burger King, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Harry Ramsden's, Starbucks, The Good Breakfast, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Game Zone, Showers Hotel: Days Innbook Charging Points: Electric Highway 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO & 43kW Type 2; Tesla Supercharger 120kW Forecourt: Shell, Select, The Deli, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue, LPG (Autogas)

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £26 (or £28 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Welcome Break
Abington Motorway Services Area
South Lanarkshire
ML12 6RG

Trivia and History

Abington plaque 2021.jpg
The plaque inside the amenity building commemorating the official opening of Abington services.

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Opened 1993

The service area is positioned at the junction where the A74(M) motorway becomes the M74. It can therefore claim to be serving two motorways, even though most people will regard those two as only one route.

At the time Abington services opened, Welcome Break was owned by Forte, who also owned two Little Chefs in Abington village, at Valleyfield. Those Little Chefs were inevitably going to close with the new motorway opening, but they were effectively moved into the new building.

The new service area officially opened on 17 June 1993 and was opened by the head of South Lanarkshire Council, Eileen Logan.


The entrance opens out into a small foyer. Opposite to the entrance is the Starbucks café which has a door. To the left is the food court while to the right is Burger King, WHSmith and the toilet facilities.

It is a vastly scaled down version of other services built at the time, such as Warwick, although Abington hasn't been extended as much. It is easy to imagine it with facilities such as Red Hen and The Granary.

As with most Welcome Break service areas, David Fisher was commissioned to paint some artwork. At Abington the mural was called 'Upper Clydesdale Through The Ages', but it has since been removed.

Recent Changes

The Starbucks was refurbished along with many others in early 2017, introducing a light wood theme throughout the store.

Welcome Break currently hold planning permission to build a KFC Drive Thru on the current caravan and motorhome parking area.


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