Blue Bell Hill services
The short link between the M20 and the M2 has its own service area, positioned on the climb out of Maidstone.
Catering: Mickey's Diner Outdoor Space: Small grass verge next to site entrance (extreme caution needed) Charging Points: Shell Recharge 150kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.
Parking and use of the forecourt is strictly monitored by Euro Car Parks.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Old Chatham Road
Blue Bell Hill
Trivia and History
The site here is built on the site of a former engineering works, which was accessed from Old Chatham Road. This worked with Blue Bell Hill quarries, and was built after the new A229 was built across the chalk pits.
After the Blue Bell Hill Bypass opened in the 1990s, the A229 was now a fast road which was likely to be used by strategic traffic. Motorcrown Petroleum proposed that the engineering works became a filling station in 1991, and it opened as a Shell in 1993. The filling station became directly owned and operated by Shell shortly after opening and continues to be to this day.
The forecourt was thoroughly redeveloped in summer 2016 which saw a new sales building and a new HGV lane added to the site. The new sales building is now positioned to the north of the site rather than in the centre. The site also gained two Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging points in late 2020.
Meanwhile, in 1995, Forte were granted planning permission to build a Little Chef restaurant to the south of the filling station here. Forte never managed to build the restaurant but new owners Granada opened it on 19 June 1998 , using a new style of prefabricated building. The site was officially opened by Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, with the site becoming Granada's premier site.
Despite being used in a number of promotions, the restaurant only lasted seven years and closed in 2005. The building was then purchased by local restaurateur Michael 'Mickey' Schembri in 2006 who opened Mickey's Diner.
There is also a filling station on the southbound side a little further south, named Cossington, but this isn't signed as an official service area. This is a much older garage that was built on the original Roman Road many decades ago, which explains the very difficult entry into the forecourt.
|Maidstone (M20 east, 7 miles)
|Services on the A229
|Cobham (A2 westbound, 9 miles)
Tollgate (11 miles)
Medway (M2 east, 6 miles)