List of Service Areas on Smart Motorways
There is considerable anxiety from motorists surrounding smart motorways, principally related to a fear that they won't be able to get to a place of safety in an emergency.
In addition, some motorists find that the additional hazards associated with smart motorways makes long distance driving more tiresome, meaning they have to stop more regularly. This should be a matter of habit for all motorway driving, but many motorists aim to stop as few times as possible.
This page aims to help by listing all of the motorway service area and similar facilities which are easily accessible from a motorway without a permanent hard shoulder in the UK or Ireland. That includes all Dynamic Hard Shoulder (DHS) and All Lane Running (ALR) smart motorways.
We are not listing Controlled Motorways (CM; commonly known as 'Variable Speed Limits') as there is very little hysteria surrounding that type of smart motorway. We also aren't listing A-roads without a hard shoulder for the same reason. We already list A-road service areas elsewhere.
Breakdown services may wish to move stranded vehicles to the service areas listed here. Please remember that broken down vehicles must inform staff if they have broken down at a service area, to avoid a parking charge. Motorway service areas count as 'emergency areas' according to National Highways's interpretation of the Department for Transport's 2020 stocktake.
This page does not attempt to comment on the benefits or concerns smart motorways. Any motorway without a hard shoulder that isn't listed doesn't have any service areas on that section.
- You can use our search engine to search for service areas on any motorway.
- The data below is available as a map.
- Queries about smart motorways in England should be directed to National Highways.
M1 Smart Motorway Service Areas
See also: Services on the M1
|Toddington||M1 between J11A and J12||Moto||3 star|
|Newport Pagnell||M1 between J14 and J15||Welcome Break||3 star|
|Northampton||M1 at J15A and A43||Roadchef||3 star|
|Watford Gap||M1 between J16 and J17||Roadchef||4 star|
|Tibshelf||M1 between J28 and J29||Roadchef||4 star|
|(Junction 29 truckstop)||M1 at J29||Onroute Truckstops|
|Woodall||M1 between J30 and J31||Welcome Break||4 star|
M4 Smart Motorway Service Areas
See also: Services on the M4
|Reading||M4 between J11 and J12||Moto||4 star|
M6 Smart Motorway Service Areas
See also: Services on the M6
|Corley||M6 between J3 and J3A||Welcome Break||4 star|
|Stafford (South)||M6 southbound between J14 and J15||Roadchef||5 star|
|Stafford (North)||M6 northbound between J14 and J15||Moto||5 star|
|Sandbach||M6 between J16 and J17||Roadchef||4 star|
|Knutsford||M6 between J18 and J19||Moto||4 star|
M25 Smart Motorway Service Areas
See also: Services on the M25
|Clacket Lane||M25 between J5 and J6||Roadchef||4 star|
|South Mimms||M25 at J23 and A1(M) at J1||Welcome Break||4 star|
M48 Severn Bridge Service Areas
See also: Services on the M48
|Severn View||M48 at J1, M4 at J21 and J22||Moto||3 star|
M62 Smart Motorway Service Areas
See also: Services on the M62
|Birch||M62 between J18 and J19||Moto||3 star|
|Hartshead Moor||M62 between J25 and J26||Welcome Break||4 star|
M90 Service Areas
See also: Services on the M90
|Kinross||M90 at J6||Moto||4 star|
Belfast Bus Lane Motorway Service Areas
See also: Services on the NI M1
|Lisburn||M1 between J3 and J6||Applegreen||5 star|