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Hartshead Moor services


M62 between J25 and J26

Signposted from the road.



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Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.

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As the M62 descends from the Pennines into densely built-up West Yorkshire, Hartshead Moor is literally a transfer from the highlands to the lowlands.


Catering: on both sides: Starbucks, Subway, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go, Starbucks Drive Thru
plus westbound only: KFC
and eastbound only: Burger King
Shops: on both sides: WHSmith
plus westbound only: Waitrose & Partners
Amenities: on both sides: Game Zone, Showers,
and eastbound only: Days Inn
Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2; Tesla Supercharger 120kW & 150kW CCS Forecourt: Welcome Break Fuel, The Good Bakery, Chicago Town Pizza, f'real Milkshakes, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Top!Blue AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £28 (or £30 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Hartshead Moor M62 Service Area
West Yorkshire

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01274 876584
  • 🗺 Grid reference: SE168241

Trivia and History

Hartshead Moor under construction.jpg
The services under construction.

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Opened by Ross 1973
Re-branded Motoross 1980?
Sold to Welcome Break 1983

Despite many motorists imagining that this part of the M62 is very rural, it's in fact very busy, with four lanes and two interchanges close by. For reasons that aren't clear, the eastern approach is extremely well signed.

Egon Ronay rated the service area as "poor" in 1976, noting it was fairly clean but for the stained carpet. A 1978 government review described the services as "scruffy". But by their 1986 survey, Which? praised the services as an example of attractive design work, with real plants inside and decent seating. They recommended it again in 1991.

Under the original Welcome Break's ownership, Hartshead Moor was apparently known for its special menu promotions, including a Greek themed season.

A mobile tourist information centre and a greenhouse were among the facilities available in the 1990s. A Little Chef Lodge had been approved to be built in 1988, it was then proposed again as a Travelodge which was refused for its design which was said to be unsympathetic to the local environment. It was built some time later and is now the Days Inn.


See also: M62 Service Area Planning

On 22 May 1973 the westbound restaurant was opened to the press, as part of celebrations of the completion of the M62. The rest of the facilities were phased in until 5 July 1973.

The services were originally planned to be on one side only, but were built with two, occupying a 32 acre site. A major gas line which bisected the site looked likely to stop it being built for a while.

The parking layout was designed to minimise the incline for large vehicles. It allowed for 346 cars, 161 lorries and 15 coaches. The restaurant sat 600 people in total across the public and transport cafés, with large windows making the most of the view to the south west.

It was one of the first services to open without any steps. As a sign of the attitude towards accessibility at the time, this was thought to be remarkable.

Taverna were allowed to bid for these services despite owning Woolley Edge, as little traffic was thought to be making that journey. The chosen design was created by the same architects who had worked on the original Killington Lake.

M62 Incident

Memorial at Hartshead Moor services.
The memorial.

The service area is notable for the plaque and memorial garden outside the westbound service area. It commemorates members of the armed forces and their families who were killed when a device planted on their coach detonated four miles east of Hartshead Moor.

The attack, which happened on 4 February 1974, was described as "the worst IRA outrage on the British mainland". The westbound building at Hartshead Moor played an important role in coordinating the emergency response, so its entrance hall was chosen as the location for a plaque.

Over time, the building became busier and nosier, and concern was raised that it wasn't a suitable location for the memorial. Welcome Break agreed, and on 4 February 2009 a new memorial garden opened at the back of the building. Positioned with four flag poles, it includes an English oak tree, a memorial stone, a memorial plaque and a raised marble tablet inscribed with the names of those who died. This was joined by an Army Medical Services memorial on 1 September 2013.

More information on the attack can be found at the BBC.


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Woolley Edge (M1 south, 22 miles)
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