An experimental building design which either went very wrong, or very right, depending on how you look at it. Thurrock sits slightly isolated alongside a busy section of the M25, where finding the exit can be a challenge.
Catering: Burger King, Costa Coffee, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, Phone Tech, WHSmith Amenities: Changing Places, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Showers Outdoor Space: Grass area at car park entrance (care needed) Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway HPC 350kW CCS, 100kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2; NomadPower 22kW CEE 5 Pin Forecourt: Esso, Londis, Subway, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Rollover, Stone Willy's Kitchen, Tango Ice Blast
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £35. HGVs can pay £38 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2467.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Use of the forecourt is also strictly enforced by Euro Car Parks, with a strict HGV parking ban within the vicinity.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Moto Hospitality Ltd
Thurrock Motorway Services Area
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Trivia and Design
See also: History:Thurrock
To take advantage of the hill down to the lake at the back (a feature which is often forgotten given the otherwise bleak backdrop), the service area has its entrance and facilities on the first floor, with the now-closed restaurant visible below. The walkway up to the entrance inadvertently has a very industrial appearance which befits its location.
This service area can experience a 'mini rush hour' at 21:55 as the Dartford Crossing, immediately south of here, is free to use after 22:00 only. As a result astute and frugal motorists will wait in the car park until the end of the charging period.
At the end of the 2021 Coronavirus lockdown, Travelodge announced that their hotel at Thurrock services wouldn't be reopening, in favour of their newer branch at nearby Thurrock Lakeside. The hotel has since been sold to AGO Hotels who intend to reopen the hotel as an Ibis Budget in 2022.
Following the closure of the hotel, Moto also closed their last remaining EDC restaurant here.
Their hotel was integrated into the main amenity building, and its closure would leave a significant portion of the building without a tenant. In fact, between this and the original basement restaurant having closed, a large portion of the floorspace is now closed to the public.
A 5-mile approach sign for the northbound services is the most advance example of one on the motorway network. It has the subheading "through tunnel" explaining the reason for the early warning. It also allows motorists to exit at either J31 or J30, depending on which lane they use and what the traffic is like.
The size of the roundabouts here will add a considerable distance to an anti-clockwise journey - almost two miles.
A couple held their wedding reception at this service area after winning a mystery prize from a local radio station. They were treated to several laps of the M25 on a coach.
Moto added an additional 10 new ultra-rapid GRIDSERVE chargers here in April 2022, along with an additional 10 medium-power chargers. There are also planned to add 16 new Tesla Superchargers too. MFG have also proposed building eight new chargers in the forecourt.
A Phone Tech store was added to the service area in late 2022, with Arnold Clark opening a vehicle collection office on site too in 2023. Both are seen as additional incomes stream for Moto.
|South Mimms (34 miles)|
Birchanger Green (M11 north, 32 miles)
|Services on the M25||end of road|
|start of road||Services on the A282||Clacket Lane (M25, 21 miles)|
Maidstone (M20, 30 miles)
Medway (M2, 27 miles)
Tollgate (A2 east, 10 miles)
|none||Services on the A13||Orsett (7 miles)|
|Toddington (M1 north, 54 miles)||Moto services||Medway (M2, 27 miles)|
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 43 miles)
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