Canley Ford services
Another small petrol station on the A45.
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Canley Ford Service Station
Fletchamstead Highway Industrial Estate
Trivia and History
The Cedar Café and truckstop opened here in around 1956. It sold fuel and offered accommodation. It was built on the byway called Canley Ford.
When the Cedar Café closed in the mid-1980s, plans to replace the café with a petrol station started to emerge. In 1987, Mobil gained planning permission to build a filling station and car wash on the former café site. In 1988, Esso were also granted permission to build a filling station here and subsequently it was them who built on the site. The filling station eventually opened in around 1993.
The new petrol station was built with its entrance on the A45, and its exit leading to Canley Ford. This is interesting because Canley Ford is now so overgrown you cannot drive a vehicle down there, but the very end of the road still has to be maintained. As a result, anybody who tries to turn directly into Canley Ford from the A45 will find themselves stuck and entering the petrol station in the wrong direction. The byway is still open to pedestrians, but this wouldn't be a suitable place for its users to park.
Esso had remained in direct control of the filling station since opening and in the late 2000s the shop was Esso's regular Snack & Shop title with a Coffee Nation machine.
ROC sold the petrol station to Euro Garages in 2013. They opened a short-lived Subway kiosk within the shop in 2015 which closed about a year later. The forecourt shop was rebranded from SPAR to Sainsbury's On the go in summer 2020, and rebranded back to SPAR during 2021.
Despite this being a small site, it has full signage marking it as an official service area. These signs were placed by the Highways Agency, who maintained the road until 2003. It is now the responsibility of Coventry City Council, who may not be aware that the signs (which have been outdated since 2015) are even there.
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