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Taunton Deane services

Location:

M5 between J25 and J26

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

TA3 7PF

map and directions

Access/Layout:

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

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A large but crammed service area on the M5 which can get very busy during holiday periods. The larger southbound side has more facilities and longer opening hours.

Facilities

Catering: on both sides: Chozen Noodle (seasonal opening), Costa Coffee, The Garden Square Deli (seasonal opening), McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru
and southbound only: Fresh Food Café, Ice Cream Parlour (seasonal opening)
Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: on both sides: Jackpot £500, Showers
plus northbound only: UK Truck Clean Truck Washwebsite
Hotel: southbound only: Days Innbook Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £27, or £29 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2247 (northbound) and 2249 (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:
Taunton Dean Motorway Services
Taunton Deane Motorway Services Area
M5
Trull
Taunton
Somerset
TA3 7PF

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01823 271111
  • 🗺 Grid reference: ST195203

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):


Trivia and History

Taunton deane 1974.jpg
The southbound building before it opened.

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Contract won by Ross 1974
Southbound building opened 1976
Northbound building opened 1989

Planning

See also: M5 Service Area Planning

A search for services near Taunton considered sites at Shoreditch, Kibbear, Fulwood, Canons Grove and Cutsey. It was described as a "pleasant site in the flat bottom of valley with an excellent view of The Wellington monument."

Initially Cutsey wasn't considered, but on a second review it was decided it was the lest harmful place for it, so the service area was built here. During the investigative period, considerable evidence of a deserted medieval village was found. Unfortunately, in line with the attitude at the time, little attention was paid to this and the evidence has now been destroyed.

The service area was opened to bids in 1971. Responses were received from Roadchef, Ross, and Rank. In 1974 Ross were declared the winners, but they pulled out and Roadchef won. The name 'Cutsey' was dropped in favour of 'Taunton Deane'.

The southbound building opened in 1976. Northbound customers had to cross the road using the long footbridge, although temporary facilities were sometimes available. In 1989 a northbound building was built next to the pathway, meaning it only has one entrance.

Taunton Deane was one of three services deemed 'non-critical', which trialled only selling two brands of fuel. BP and Shell were the chosen two.

Changes

In 1989 a hotel was built on the southbound side. One was later planned on the northbound side but this never happened.

The services used to provide Coffee Republic rather than Costa Coffee.

The northbound McDonald's here was the first motorway McDonald's to include 'self service' order points. The small amenity building needs help handling the holiday flows, and a large additional Costa has been provided in a separate building to support it.

During late 2018, a planning application was accepted by Taunton Deane Borough Council for the extension of the southbound amenity building. Works include space for new units and catering units. During the refurbishment, a temporary structure was erected to serve as a seating area. Roadchef later purchased the structure from their contractor, and continued to use it as an overflow dining area.

A Costa Drive Thru opened on the southbound side in 2019 with its northbound counterpart joining in early 2020.

New Garden Square Deli kiosks were installed on both sides in June 2021 as well as a new Chozen Noodle kiosk on the northbound side to expand the food offerings available and to offer customers products without having to enter the main buildings. The northbound kiosks are also placed outside due to the lack of space inside the main building.

Alternatives

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