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Rivington services

Location:

M61 between J6 and J8 (there is no J7)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

BL6 5UZ

map and directions

Access/Layout:

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

Rating: See the reviews


A range of facilities sitting on the site of Bolton West, formerly one of the worst-ranked services around.

Facilities

Catering: on both sides: Burger King, Greggs, Starbucks, Subway, LEON Coffee, Rollover, Tango Ice Blast
plus northbound only: Krispy Kreme
Shops: SPAR Amenities: Rivington Lodge, Free Cash Machine, Jackpot Lounge, Multi Faith Room, Showers Outdoor Space: Grass areas around car park; Dog Walking Area; Children's Play Area Forecourt: BP, LPG (Premier)

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 for up to 24 hours and HGVs, coaches and commercial vehicles must pay £14.99, or £19.99 to include a meal voucher.

Prices are paid in the shop.

The fees are strictly enforced by Parking Eye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Euro Garages
Anderton Motorway Services Area
M61
Horwich
Bolton
Lancashire
BL6 5UZ

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01204 669962 (northbound)
    01204 460482 (southbound)
  • 🗺 Grid reference: SD621116


Trivia and Design

A path leading up to a building in a poor state of repair.
The entrance to the old building.

See also: History:Rivington

The current Rivington services is unrecognisable from the place it replaced, Bolton West services. It was completely rebuilt and renamed in 2011, having already been renamed several times.

The new buildings are much smaller than what was there before, and are effectively just large petrol stations.

The Subway stores here are Halal. The toilet facilities are accessed from the SPAR store with little signage from the rest of the service area.

The service area has two bridge crossings: one footbridge and one driving bridge, neither of which serve as a Rear Access (except for a public footpath).

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 100% satisfaction score for the northbound services and 95% for the southbound services. This meant the northbound side was one of the country's top two. By 2019 it had fallen to a mediocre 84% and 87% respectively.

Rivington is used as the only site from which Transport Focus calculate a total score for Euro Garages. In 2017 and 2018 is ranked them as one of the best operators (97%), but in 2019 they got by far the worst score - 86%. This was back to 97% in 2020, showing just how erratic Transport Focus can be. Their figures also show us that Starbucks is the most popular food offer here.

LEON Coffee machines were also introduced here in summer 2022, as part of a trial replacing the former Starbucks on the Go machines. If successful, EG Group intend to roll-out LEON Coffee to replace Starbucks on the Go across their network.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Birch (M62 east, 13 miles)Services on the M61Lancaster (M6 north, 27 miles)
Blackburn with Darwen (M65, 15 miles)
Tickled Trout (M6 north, 13 miles)

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