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Lancaster services

Location:

M6 between J32 and J33

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

LA2 9DU

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.

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Quite possibly the most iconic service station of all, Lancaster is famous for its large tower sticking out of the northbound building (see trivia). Today, Lancaster has been moved around quite a bit, with the toilets now at the back. The tower is closed to the public.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Costa Coffee, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Krispy Kreme, M&S Coffee to Go, Tango Ice Blast Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: &Play, Children's Play Area, Lucky Coin, Multi Faith Room, Showers Hotel: Travelodgebook Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: BP, Shop, Greggs, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £24. HGVs can pay £26 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2448 (northbound) and 2449 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Granada Lancaster
Forton Motorway Service Area M6
Bay Horse
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA2 9DU


Trivia and Design

M6 viewed from Forton.
The view which used to be available from the tower-restaurant.

See also: History:Lancaster

The service area opened as 'Forton services'. For many years this name was used on all example diagrams of road signs, including drawings of non-motorway signs.

The land is owned by The Crown Estate, making this the Queen's motorway service area. This is mostly an administrative title which has little practical impact, and the reigning Queen is probably unaware and uninterested in her associated with these facilities.

The sit-down restaurant closed in late 2019, leaving only fast food options.

Since July 2020, Lancaster has been taking part in the "fuel price drop", where Moto have pledged to compete with local petrol stations.

Pennine Tower

See also: The Pennine Tower

The service station is known almost exclusively for the 65-foot (20m) tower attached to the northbound building, visible from afar on the north side and described in one publicity leaflet as being "a luxury observation platform". It closed in 1989. Full details are given on its own page.

Contrary to a baseless rumour that a few individuals are keen to spread in discussion groups, there is no proposal to demolish The Pennine Tower, and neither will Lancaster services be moving to Hampson Green. If it was being built from scratch now then that is probably where it would be built, but the fact is it already exists and it would be extremely difficult to move it.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Charnock Richard (24 miles)
Rivington (M61, 28 miles)
Blackburn with Darwen (M65, 26 miles)
Tickled Trout (15 miles)
Services on the M6Burton-in-Kendal (M6 northbound, 14 miles)
Killington Lake (M6 southbound, 26 miles)
Carnforth truckstop (13 miles)
Lymm (48 miles)
Birch (M62, 41 miles)
Moto servicesBurton-in-Kendal (M6 northbound, 14 miles)
Southwaite (64 miles)

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