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Strensham services


M5 between J7 and J8

Signposted from the road.



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Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.

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A place of two halves: Strensham allows you to choose whether you'd like your stop to have the vibe of the '90s (northbound), or the vibe of the '00s (southbound). Whichever you choose, it's a busy place all year round.


Catering: on both sides: Chozen Noodle, Costa Coffee, Fresh Food Café, LEON, McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery, Costa Express, Hudson's Hot Dogs, Krispy Kreme, Skwishee Iced Drinks, Costa Drive Thru
plus northbound only: Chicago Town Pizza, f'real Milkshakes
Shops: Cotton Traders, Phone Tech, SPAR, WHSmith Amenities: on both sides: Changing Places, Jackpot £500, Showers
plus northbound only: Days Inn, Regus Express, UK Truck Clean Truck Wash
and southbound only: Special Needs Room
Outdoor Space: northbound only: Large grass area at back of car park; Picnic Tables
and southbound only: Woodland and dog walking at back of far left car park
Charging Points: northbound only: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway HPC 150kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2
and southbound only: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 100kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO
Forecourt: northbound only: BP, ASDA Express, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Tango Ice Blast, LPG, Free Cash Machine
and southbound only: 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 £32, or £35 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2243 (northbound) and 2245 (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
Strensham M5 Service Area
Hill Croome

Trivia and Design

An aerial view of the service area car park and forecourt, next to the motorway.
The original northbound service area in 1981.

See also: History:Strensham

The two sides of the service area are positioned about a mile apart. Originally the service area was built in a pair just like any other, but a little too close to M5 J8. The original set-up has been removed completely, as explained in its history.

The northbound site is also home to the Midlands Air Ambulance base. This was built in 1998, and began to operate 24 hours a day in 2024, using both helicopters and vehicles. It has also been known to host fundraising open days.

Strensham is one of Roadchef's most profitable service areas, and is a popular place to trial new ideas. McDonald's, Hot Food Co, Soho Coffee, Boots and LEON all trialled their first Roadchef branch here. A New York Bakery 'airstream' external kiosk opened on the southbound side on 18 June 2021, as part of Roadchef's investment in outdoor dining areas. Following a successful trial over the summer, Roadchef later introduced the New York Bakery option to their Fresh Food Café units.

The motorway network's first dedicated sensory room opened at Strensham in October 2022.

The southbound service area was the last motorway service area in the country without any electric vehicle charging facilities. This was rectified in December 2023 when GRIDSERVE installed two chargers in the car park. Roadchef continue with negotiations to improve the power connection on both sides so new chargers can be provided, with six new high-powered GRIDSERVE charging points added to the northbound car park in January 2024.

A second LEON store, for northbound traffic, opened on 22 November 2022. The refurbished northbound SPAR store, launched on 1 June 2023, is SPAR's first use of their 'Joy of Living Locally' format.

The northbound HGV parking area was expanded in spring 2024. The extra spaces are accredited by TAPA for their thermal imaging and alarmed fencing.


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