A24 at Farthings Hill Interchange, Horsham
(also accessible to traffic on the A264 and the A281)
(Limited road signage.)
(Google Maps link)
Single site located at a junction.
A large car dealership with a petrol station next to it are now signed as an official service area on the A24 at Broadbridge Heath. The northbound entry, and southbound exit, both involve leaving at the previous junction and following a parallel road.
Outdoor Space: No grass space; public footpath connections Forecourt: Shell, Budgens at Shell Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine
Parking and use of the forecourt is limited to 20 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by Euro Car Parks.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Hendy Ford Service Station
- 🗺 Grid reference: TQ154313
- 📌 what3words: ///foil.daisy.suffer
Trivia and History
The A24's 1960s bypass of Horsham included a roundabout on the edge of Broadbridge Heath. Here was Kingfisher House, a grand-looking building which had extensions, outbuildings and conservatories, where it acted as a car showroom and garage. Branding included Fishers Garage and City Garage.
By the 1990s, that garage had become a Shell forecourt. It was an unusual building with a diamond-shaped sales shop that formed part of the canopy, and had tall windows along every wall. A mast on the ceiling held the canopy. A Happy Eater restaurant was built in the other corner, next to the new Broadbridge Way, with a more typical brick building with a small roof. This allowed it to be classed as a full service area, with signs placed on the A24.
That Happy Eater became a Little Chef in 1997. This traded until 2007, when it closed and was converted into another car showroom. The haphazard showroom arrangement remained for several years, until all of the buildings were demolished and replaced with a single, contemporary, multi-brand car showroom building in around 2014. The road signs began to be taken down, though many remained.
The next change was to the forecourt, which was demolished and replaced with a typical Shell Select sales shop and forecourt layout in 2018. The new shop included a Budgens store.
The opening of the Broadbridge Heath Relief Road in 2015 had meant that all traffic heading for the forecourt to or from the A24 south now had to pass through the High Wood Hill Junction in addition to the Farthings Hill Roundabout, a diversion which passes a large supermarket. Despite this, new signs for the service area were placed on the A24.
|Pease Pottage (A264, 9 miles)|
Cobham (M25 west, 24 miles)
|Services on the A24||Hop Oast (southbound, 1 mile)|
Buck Barn (5 miles)