Top Five by Optimum Driving Group
1. Route 74 – Lesmahagow M74 Junction 10 Service
Route 74 Truck-stop is about 26 miles south of Glasgow off junction 10 of the M74, located in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire in Scotland.
This Trucks-top is rather large, with parking space for up to 150 HGVs lorries, and it provides many excellent services for HGV drivers. It is also open to the general public. Pre-booking the parking slot online ensures that you have a spot for your HGV when you arrive, allowing you to relax and unwind.
This Service station is rated 4.5 over 1800 reviews. You can see the Route 74 – Lesmahagow M74 Junction 10 Service on Google Maps here.
2. Tebay Services – M6 Junction 38
Tebay Services was founded by farmers in 1972, making it the UK’s first family-run motorway service station. If you’re travelling from the port of Hesham to Dublin, this is an ideal place to stop for a break. For those who fancy warm and delicious home-cooked food, Tebay Services provide top-quality roast dinners that are locally sourced.
Facilities at Tebay Services include:
• Farm shop
• Quality home-cooked roast dinner
• 24 hours security CCTV
• Onsite patrolling HGV warden
• Shower facility
• Patrol station
• Cash machine
• Awarded ‘Park Mark Safer Parking Award’
Tebay Services is rated 4.4 stars over 13000 Google reviews. Check out Tebay services – M6 Junction 38 on Google maps here.
3. Formula Services – Ellesmere Port M53
Formula Services is located around Birkenhead and Liverpool ports – M53. It is a clean and modern premier truck stop catered to meet all the HGV driver’s needs, you can often get most of the necessities here, from food, fuel, truck wash facility to fun leisure activities such as a games room, fitness suite, and massage chairs. Formula Services has everything you need after a long day driving on the road.
Formula Services has parking spaces for up to 110 lorries and offers safe and secure parking for your HGV. With around 36 security cameras onsite in constant operation and 24 hours manned patrol, Formula Services is one of the safest Stops for HGVs in the country.
Facilities at Formula Services include:
• Fuel station
• Top-rated Shower facilities
• Travel essentials and snacks are sold in shops
• Restaurants served cold and hot food
• Games room
• Pool tables
• Fitness suite
• Massage chairs
• 24 hours cash machine
• Truck wash facility
• 36 security cameras
• Onsite security guards
• Free internet Wi-Fi
• And many more
Formula Services is rated 4.8 stars over 1350 Google reviews. Check out Formula Services on Google Maps here.
4. Ashford International Truckstop (AIT)
Ashford International Truck Stop is based in Kent off junction 10 0n the M20, it is very well located for Folkstone terminals and the Dover Port, Ashford Truck Stop is one of the well-known truck stops in the UK and is a great rest area for many lorry drivers.
The site is well-protected, with about 50 motion-sensor infrared CCTV cameras operating around the clock, high-quality barbed wire fences, and security patrols 24 hours a day. Your HGV will be very safe when parked up at the Ashford International Truckstop.
Although the Ashford International Truck Stop has 389 parking places, these places fill up fast so it is recommended that you book ahead of time through MyTruckParking.com, which you can download from Apple Appstore and Google Play Store. You can also visit their website for more info.
Facilities at Ashford International Truck Stop include:
• Fuel station
• Shops, restaurant, and bar open 24/7
• Shower and toilet facilities
• 24 hours secure parking bays
• Fitness Gym and weights room
• Laundrette facilities
• lounge and TV area
• Gaming room
• Cinema TV
• Cash machine
• Free Wi-Fi
• Onsite accommodation that can be included in the parking fee
Ashford International Truck Stop is rated 4.1 stars over 3150 Google reviews. Check out Ashford International Truck Stop on Google Maps here.
5. Chippenham Pit Stop – Wilshire M4
Located in Wiltshire off junction 17 of the M4 motorway, easily accessible from the east and westbound carriageway. Chippenham Pit Stop is an ideal pitstop for those heading towards or from the South of Wales.
Chippenham Pit Stop was the winner of Truckstop News – Truck Stop of the year’ in 2017. This family-run business offers one-stop services all in one location, their facilities include toilets and showers with underfloor heating, a 24/7 fuel station, and a bar that serve local real ale as well as a barbershop and an outdoor Gym for drivers who wants to do some exercise to stay fit.
With parking bays for up to 87 vehicles, an award-winning restaurant serves locally sourced food, 24 hours security cameras, and night security guards on patrol to ensure drivers’ safety at night. No wonder Chippenham Pit Stop is highly regarded amongst lorry drivers. Visit the website for more info here.
Facilities at Chippenham Pit Stop include:
• 24/7 Fuel stations (they accept most major fuel cards)
• 87 parking bays
• Free parking for up to an hour
• Shower and toilet facilities with underfloor heating
• Outdoor Gym
• Shops sale drinks, snacks, medicine, and electricals
• Restaurant serves hot meals
• Bar with TV
• 24 hours security cameras
• Night security guards on patrol
Chippenham Pit Stop is rated 4.4 stars over 1810 Google reviews. Check out the Chippenham Pit Stop on Google Maps here.
Top Five by Freightlink
Drivers Favourite: Chippenham Pit Stop; Wiltshire – M4; Junction 17
Named Truckstop News’ 2017 Truckstop of the Year, Chippenham Pit Stop has a multitude of offerings for the weary traveller and his cargo. According to Transport Café,it is
‘the type of establishment all truck stops should aspire to be.’
Their truck park offers pothole-free parking for up to 85 trucks with 24 hour CCTV surveillance of your vehicles. Overnight parking starts from £21.50 and includes a £6 food voucher.
This family run business has been offering drivers everything they need in one convenient location for over fifteen years and caters lorry drivers staying over night.
Their extensive, easy access facilities include showers and toilets with underfloor heating along with an all hours filling station for fuel cardholders when you are running low.
The onsite shop offers a multitude of wares from CB radios to bedding, and has a cash point and mobile phone top up facilities. The truckstop even has a bar serving local real ale on tap, large flat screen TVs and even an outdoor gym for the most active truckers.
The restaurant offers an extensive menu for when you are in for a hot meal and is open seven days a week with varying opening hours.
Ideal for drivers heading to and from South Wales, Chippenham offers ideal facilities and is well worth checking out.
Best All Rounder: Formula Services, Ellesmere Port – M53; Junction 10
The Formula Services are a model example of how a truckstop should operate. Equipped with excellent facilities, the location is tailored solely for truck drivers and is always immaculate, making it the perfect environment to relax in after a long journey.
The site has everything a truck driver needs for a decent, quality overnight stop. It has 24-hour fuel, a convenience shop, a truck wash, café, rest lounge with TVs and games, clean toilets and showers, a gym, 24-hour self service refreshments and personal media pods.
They also offer separate wash facilities for men and women. So, for those who are tired of sharing a shower block with the opposite sex, look no further!
Parking at Formula is state of the art with space for up to 110 vehicles. A staggering 36 cameras are in constant operation, along with a 24 hour manned patrol, barrier entry & exit only and discrete location. Overall, it is one of the safest stops we have come across. Overnight parking costs from £16 a night.
The Formula Services also offer additional facilities for vehicles with fridges.
Larger trucks also needn’t worry. By giving the location a bit of prior notice, a space will be allocated to ensure your vehicle remains safe whilst unaccompanied.
Most Secure: Heywood Diner – M66; Junction 3
The Heywood Diner gets a thumbs up from us for those carrying any kind of sensitive cargo – hazardous, valuable etc. The truck stop is located on Heywood Distribution Park and to say security is paramount is an understatement.
Only accessible through a manned, gated security barrier who do not let unauthorised vehicles through, this location offers rest for up to 300 HGVs at a time. It’s parking facilities boast round the clock CCTV, 24 hour security wardens and an unassuming barbed wire fence. It’s safe to say you can relax in the knowledge that your vehicle is in the safest of hands
In addition to the stop being like Fort Knox, other amenities also include:
- Complimentary WIFI
Parking starts from £17, which we consider a bargain for peace of mind.
Heywood Diner can seat up to fifty truckers at one time and whilst it is a little basic, it is clean, welcoming and offers a reasonably priced menu of tasty food to welcome you in from the road.
Located near Rochdale, this Northern bolthole is one to check out if you’re in the area, especially if you’re a stickler for security.
Best Food & Location: Tebay Services; Penrith – M6; Junction 38
When it comes to truck services, 99.9% of the time you’re drawn to an intimidating truck park in or near an industrial estate accompanied with some questionable showers and a dreary greasy spoon – not here, though.
Owned by the Westmorland family, Tebay Services offers the feel of a luxury day out, as opposed to just an obligatory pit stop. Who says you can’t be a trucker and a foodie? Not us and certainly not Tebay.
This service station offers a smorgasbord of homemade offerings for the hungry traveller. From the daily roast to an all day breakfast, all the way to pie and chips – the meat of which has been hand reared on the family farm.
The extensive farm shop and bar, paired with views of the Cumbrians countryside create a welcoming, community feel for all those who visit.
You can also rest easy knowing that your vehicle is parked securely in the lorry park. Equipped with 24 hour CCTV and a patrolling HGV warden – Tebay was awarded the “Park Mark Safer Parking Award”.
Facilities include showers, fuel and a cash machine from as little as £18 for 24 hours.
An ideal stop if you are sailing from the port of Heysham to Dublin.
Our Favourite: Ashford International Truckstop (AIT)
We love Ashford International Truckstop. Being one of the biggest and most well-known truckstops in the UK, it was named Truckstop of the Year in 2016. It’s also ideally located for Folkestone terminal and the port of Dover.
You can feel completely at ease leaving your load unaccompanied as the security is extremely tight boasting 50 motion sensor infra-red CCTV cameras throughout the site, 12′ barbed wired fences and 24/7 security patrols.
The location aims to create ‘a home away from home environment’ and the security and comfort make it the number one truck stop in England. The only downside is its popularity. Offering room for 389 vehicles, spaces at AIT fill up fast. The best way to ensure your space is to download their app Mytruckparking.com from Google Play and the App Store.
The secure premises offer an extensive range of facilities and services. Parking charges range from two hours free, £1.00 per hour during the daytime to £30.50 for an overnight stop. This includes a £6.00 meal/beverage voucher. Opening an accounts offers better pricing and discounted parking.
Your vehicle is located in a flood lit truck park surrounded by motion-sensitive CCTV/ fencing and a constant patrolling security guard.
You are surrounded by a barbed wire topped twelve foot fence, deep undergrowth and a privately owned and security patrolled land away from the general public.
Unlike many locations, AIT offer on-site accommodation that can be included in your parking. If you’re tired of a van life you can bed down on a proper mattress for a very small extra cost.
There is a wide range of facilities available at AIT including
- 24/7 Shop
- 24/7 Restaurant
- 24/7 Bar
- Fitness Gym and Weights room
- Shower and Toilets facilities
- Laundrette Facilities
- Lounge and TV area
- Wifi Comfort room
- Gaming area
- Cinema TV
- Cash Machine offering Sterling and Euros
- Free WiFi