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Canley Ford services


A45 Fletchamstead Highway eastbound

Signposted from the road.



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Single site located between junctions on one side of the road.

Another small petrol station on the A45 that is classed as a formal service area.


Outdoor Space: Grass patch by site entrance; public footpath connection to woodland Charging Points: EV Point 150kW CCS Forecourt: Esso, ASDA Express, Starbucks on the Go, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

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.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Canley Ford Service Station
Fletchamstead Highway Industrial Estate
Fletchamstead Highway

Trivia and History

EV Point electric vehicle chargers, viewed across the road.
The new EV Point chargers.

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. Mobil received planning permission to build a filling station and car wash on the former café site in 1987. In 1988, Esso were also granted permission to build a filling station here and this was taken forward, with the filling station opening 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.

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 It is now the responsibility of Coventry City Council, who may not be aware that the signs (which have been outdated since 2014) are even there.

Sales and Expansion

Esso had remained in direct control of the filling station since opening. By the late 2000s the shop was Esso's regular Snack & Shop title with a Coffee Nation machine.

Esso's 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 reverted back to SPAR in October 2021, before rebranding again to Asda On the Move in September 2022. The site then became part of the Asda estate in December 2023.

EG Group added eight EV Point electric vehicle chargers to the site in May 2023, with the chargers going live on 19 May.


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