Folly Tower services
A couple of facilities are provided at the Pontypool Roundabout, and signposted from all approaches.
Catering: KFC Drive Thru, McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks (within hotel) Amenities: Best Western (Pontypool Metro) Charging Points: Charging Point 3kW Type 2 Outdoor Space: Grass verge is largest by hotel Forecourt: Shell, ASDA On the Move, Greggs, Subway, Starbucks on the Go, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities. No HGV parking is available.
Parking within the McDonald's car park is limited to 75 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
The Best Western car park is strictly for hotel guests only and entry and exit to the car park is barrier controlled.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Roundabout Service Station
Trivia and History
The service area was developed on land left between the new bypass and the railway line, as it approaches the roundabout. It opened in 1989 as a Heron filling station and a McDonald's Drive Thru restaurant, with land left to the south of the filling station for future development. This land was lined up for an 88-seater restaurant and a 50-bed hotel to use this additional land, but these weren't built.
The filling station became Elf branded during the mid-1990s, and later went on to become a Total filling station with a Bonjour store in the 2000s.
The unused land has received several proposals for its use over the years, with plans for warehouses in 1990, new council offices in 1999 and a KFC Drive Thru in 2002, but none of these proposals were built. The KFC Drive Thru plans were renewed in 2008 with the addition of a Travelodge hotel, and both were built opening in early 2009. The hotel was sold to Best Western in around 2013, who introduced 'We Proudly Serve Starbucks' to their café bar.
Following Total's nationwide shutdown in 2012, the filling station was acquired by Shell who added their Select store and their deli2go offering. The site was then acquired by Euro Garages in 2016, who rebranded the store to SPAR and added a Subway store to replace deli2go. In 2017, EG Group converted the car wash to a Greggs store.
The Subway store received a refresh in May 2023, with the new ‘Fresh Forward’ branding being applied. The SPAR store rebranded to ASDA On the Move on 6 June 2023.
Other facilities were developed on other sides of the roundabout. The road signs make clear that these aren't part of the official service area.
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