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Sandbach services


M6 between J16 and J17

Signposted from the road.


CW11 2FZ

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

Rating: See the reviews

Bouncing back from past poor performances, Sandbach has now been upgraded to the point where it's almost unremarkable - if a little too concreted.


Catering: on both sides: Costa Coffee, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru
plus northbound only: Coco di Mama, Skwishee Iced Drinks
and southbound only: Chozen Noodle, f'real Milkshakes
Shops: WHSmith Amenities: Jackpot £500, Showers Outdoor Space: Small grass area by building entrances Charging Points: northbound only: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 40kW CCS, 40kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2
and southbound only: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway HPC 350kW CCS, 100kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2
Forecourt: BP, Shop, Wild Bean Café, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £31, or £34 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2208 (northbound) and 2210 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
RoadChef Motorways Ltd
Sandbach Motorway Services Area
CW11 2FZ

Trivia and Design

M6 motorway.
Looking towards the service area in 1991.

See also: History:Sandbach

Space was made for Sandbach when the M6 opened in 1963, but it would be another 12 years before it was actually built. The two buildings both consist of three diamond shapes, which from the outside are largely unchanged. More recently, grey cladding and red paint have been used to brighten up the original brickwork and bridge cover.

A couple from Alsager renewed their vows in the Costa Coffee unit here in December 2002. Their 50 guests were given a tour of the service area while a choir sang hymns on the footbridge.

Ecotricity charging points were installed on the southbound side in the early 2010s but remained non-operational due to power supply issues. When GRIDSERVE renewed the charging points in 2021, they were eventually connected to power and switched on.

Six new high-powered chargers were then added to the southbound side in November 2023, becoming one of Roadchef's first super hubs after being one of their last sites without any chargers. As a result of the new high-powered chargers, and the fact that the site's power capacity is limited, the northbound chargers were downgraded from 50kW to 40kW. The northbound side is set to also gain high-powered chargers, with works expected to be completed in late 2023.

The southbound WHSmith store received a refit in July 2022 which introduced a new layout, design and a f'real Milkshakes machine to the site.


Keele (11 miles)
Derby & Burton (A50 east, 43 miles)
Services on the M6Knutsford (12 miles)
Stafford (M6 southbound, 23 miles)
Norton Canes (41 miles)
Roadchef servicesChester (M56 west, 32 miles)

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