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Keele services


M6 between J15 and J16

Signposted from the road.



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Single site built upon the motorway.

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One of the UK's oldest service areas has been refurbished many times. The fast food is located on the bridge; an area which is only accessible by steps.


Catering: Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, The Good Breakfast, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Top Gift, Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Amenities: on both sides: Game Zone, Showers
and southbound only: Changing Places
Outdoor Space: Tiny grass verge in far corner of car parks Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2; Tesla Supercharger 120kW CCS Forecourt: on both sides: Welcome Break, Texaco Pumps, The Good Bakery, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go
and southbound only: f'real Milkshakes, LPG (Calor)

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 £31 for up to 24 hours (or £33 to include a £12 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:
Trusthouse Forte Welcome Break
Keele Motorway Services Area
Three Mile Lane

Trivia and Design

Black and white view of cars parked outside the service area building.
Keele in the 1970s.

See also: History:Keele

On the southbound approach to the service area, there is a sign in the central reservation of the M6 advising of the facilities. This probably dates back to the late 1970s, but it became illegible in the early 2010s. A sign in this position was never required by the standards, so it's not clear why it was provided, but the inevitable consequence is that neither the national highway authority nor Welcome Break have been in any rush to maintain it. The sign fell of its posts in 2024 and is likely to finally be removed.

At night, lorries are unofficially allowed to park at the back of the northbound car park as there is a severe shortage of space. In April 2019, Welcome Break were granted permission to build an additional secure HGV parking area for 100 lorries in the south-eastern corner of the northbound service area to resolve this issue. It will be similar to the development at Corley North which opened in 2020.


Stafford (M6 northbound, 10 miles)
Stafford (M6 southbound, 11 miles)
Derby & Burton (A50, 33 miles)
Services on the M6Sandbach (15 miles)
Derby & Burton (A50, 45 miles)
Corley (60 miles)
Hopwood Park (M42, 56 miles)
Telford (M54, 43 miles)
Derby (A50, 42 miles)
Welcome Break servicesCharnock Richard (53 miles)
Burtonwood (M62 west, 40 miles)
Derby (A50, 53 miles)

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