The new exit for Colchester Stadium and park and ride has its own service area.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Outdoor Space: Small grass verges next to forecourt; Children's Play Area; public footpath connections Charging Points: bp pulse 150kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Free Cash Machine
Parking and use of the forecourt is limited to 30 minutes maximum stay from entry to exit and is strictly enforced by BP whilst use of the McDonald's car park is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by MET Parking.
There are no official HGV parking spaces, but HGVs often stop by the forecourt.
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Cuckoo Farm Way
Trivia and History
Work commenced on the new junction for Colchester Stadium in 2010. Colchester Borough Council had sought permission for a new service area at this new interchange since 2001, to replace the outdated facilities slightly east of here.
Land to the west of the new forecourt was left clear for further development. In 2012, McDonald's submitted plans for a two-storey drive-thru restaurant to fill that space. This opened in late 2013.
The BP forecourt gained two BP pulse electric vehicle charging bays in late 2019.
Until the new interchange opened, the service area was positioned slightly east of the current site, on land owned by the adjacent Whitehouse Farm.
The site had a sharp entrance, which led to a wide forecourt with a long roof. Land was left in the north-eastern corner of the site for a 40-bed Travelodge hotel, but planning permission was refused. Despite the site being easily accessed, it was never officially regarded as a service area, and was just a facility beside the A12.
The Little Chef gained a Coffee Stop, and in 1996 was converted to a Little Chef Express with a short-lived blue colour scheme. Space was also left for a third unit. The forecourt was rebranded to BP after their merger with Mobil.
The Little Chef closed in 2006, after planning permission had been approved for the new service area. It was soon demolished, laving just the totem poles. The BP forecourt was closed and demolished in around 2010.
|Feering (northbound, 7 miles)|
Chelmsford (22 miles)
|Services on the A12||Capelgate and Bentley (10 miles)|
|Galley's Corner (17 miles)||Services on the A120||Ardleigh South (4 miles)|
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