M6 Motorway, Lancaster Moto Services iconic Tower

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M6 Motorway, Lancaster Moto Services iconic Tower Facilities include Children's Play Area, Showers, Moto Free WiFi, Faith Room Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co. (northbound only), Greggs Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express), M&S Simply Food, Fone Bitz, Cotton Traders, Fuel: BP (with: Costa Express Air1 AdBlue LPG Lancaster was opened in 1965 by Rank under the name 'Forton'. When Granada eventually grasped hold of the services, they renamed it to 'Lancaster'. Unusually, Granada later changed this to 'Lancaster (Forton)' - it's not clear whether dropping the name Forton resulted in a drop of trade or just upset a few of the services' fans. This name stuck around for about a decade, but Moto are now slowly dropping the 'Forton' part leaving just 'Lancaster'. The Highways Agency still refer to it as 'Lancaster (Forton)' when there is an incident at the services. In early 2007, a Marks and Spencers store opened here, replacing the Ladbrokes and Little Chef. The southbound Little Chef went on to become a Greggs. For many years the name 'Forton services' was used on all example diagrams of road signs, including drawings of non-motorway signs. The services used to be listed by the Highways Agency as an "approved truckstop", but this is no longer the case. The southbound side once had a tourist information office, itself formerly a fast food unit of some sort.
Location: Lancaster Services South, M6 Motorway, Bay Horse, Lancashire, England, UK LA2 9DU