Roadchef's counterpart to the airy northbound services, this one comes complete with its own lake and fountain, with another series of facilities provided around an atrium.
Catering: Chozen Noodle, Costa Coffee, The Garden Square Deli, McDonald's, Calippo Burst, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Krispy Kreme Shops: Motorway Phone Gadgets, WHSmith Amenities: Days Inn, Changing Places, Jackpot £500, Showers, UK Truck Clean Truck Wash Outdoor Space: Grass area around hotel Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Esso, ASDA On the Move, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Free Cash Machine
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £28, or £31 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2214.
The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.
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Road Chef Stafford Ltd
Motorway Service Area
Stafford Motorway Service Area
- 📞 Telephone number: 01785 826300
- 🗺 Grid reference: SJ892306
- 📌 what3words: ///unfolds.proofs.brambles
🌍 Operators & Official Websites:
Trivia and History
In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 70% satisfaction score for the service area, making it the second-worst in the country. By 2018 this had shot up to 99%, making it second-best, while in 2019 it still stood proud in fourth place. The next survey was similarly positive, placing it eight with a 98% satisfaction score.
Roadchef are hoping to add a drive thru unit to the service area.
Stafford was the first service area to gain a Costa Coffee, as part of a trial beginning in 2000. There was also a small store here called SOS Fashion during the early 2000s.
The WHSmith store was refurbished in June 2022 and now includes new iced drinks offerings alongside new ranges and a new layout.
See also: M6 Planning Applications
The service area was designed by Blue Boar but built by Roadchef, as the company was sold whilst the services were under construction. 'Blue Boar' signs had already been placed in some areas and had to be covered up before the official opening.
In 1993 Granada were already planning the northbound service area, and at the same time they planned to open a southbound one directly opposite it. This was the Walton Heath Farm option, and had it worked out then the two services at Stafford would probably have opened at roughly the same time and looked very similar, just like any other dual-sided service station on the motorway network.
At the same time Stafford Borough Council received another planning application from Hallam Land Management on behalf of Blue Boar, positioned a mile to the south on North Pirehill Farm. The Granada proposal was preferred by the council, and planning permission was granted in spring 1994. The Blue Boar application was refused by the council but then subsequently allowed on appeal around June 1994. While both options now had planning permission, Highways Agency regulations meant that only one of them could be connected to the motorway.
By the end of that year, the Highways Agency had stated that their preferred option was the North Pirehill Farm proposal, and Blue Boar were subsequently awarded a signing agreement with Granada's proposal being rejected.
The original plans included rear access to the site via Pirehill Lane, a residential road which becomes an unpaved bridleway before it passes the North Pirehill Farm site and joins Green Lane in Whitgreave. There was strong local objection to such access causing heavy traffic in a residential area and to construction vehicles using roads deemed unsuitable. Because of this, along with new Highways Agency guidance that rear access was no longer a required condition, the revised plans that ended up going to appeal did not include it. The competing Granada application that had been approved by Stafford Borough Council included rear access via the B5026 Eccleshall Road in the same manner as their Stafford North counterpart.
Both options were deliberately set back from the M6 by 67 metres to allow for the motorway to be fully widened, as the government had announced in 1989. When that widening eventually happened in 2019, it was done on a much smaller scale, so the widening strip remains empty.
|Hilton Park (18 miles)|
Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 20 miles)
|Services on the M6||Stafford (northbound, ¾ mile)|
Keele (11 miles)
|Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 20 miles)||Roadchef services||Sandbach (22 miles)|
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