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Golden Fleece truckstop


M6 at J42
(also accessible to traffic on the A6 and the B6263)

Not signposted in advance.



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Single site located at a junction.

A significant service area and truckstop located off the M6 at J42, just south of Carlisle. Official signage is provided from the roundabout only.


Amenities: Showers Outdoor Space: Grass verges only Forecourt: Shell, Londis, Stone Willy's Kitchen, Costa Express, Rollover, Tango Ice Blast, Yorkshire Tea

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs must pay £21, or £25 to include a £7 meal voucher. Trailer changeovers are charged at £7 per trailer.

Prices are paid in the shop, and can be paid with GBP, EUR, fuel cards or SNAP.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Golden Fleece
M6, Junction 42

Trivia and History

Shell forecourt, with HGV painted on the left and car truck stop painted on the right.
The forecourt at Golden Fleece.

Golden Fleece replaces an old (1960s) petrol station, which was positioned at the junction of Steeles Bank and the A6 London Road. The entrance to the service area is roughly the position of the original junction.

Despite not being signed from the M6 and not qualifying to be, the M6's electronic signs are still used to warn of problems at this service area.

The former Thistle Café building was demolished in the first half of 2022 to make way for an extension to the HGV parking area. A new shop extension opened in July 2022 with new toilet facilities as well as a new Stone Willy's Kitchen concession, and new showers following in August. During the works, a snack bar called 'Fast & Fresh' had traded from the HGV parking area to provide catering facilities.

The forecourt was also due to gain four electric vehicle charging points in 2022, but this has been put on hold due to power supply issues. The site will also host one of the world's first HGV hydrogen filling stations, which will be provided by Element 2. Hydrogen-powered HGVs aren't currently used in the UK, but the truckstop is putting the infrastructure in place so that they could be.


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