Forton Services

Site plans





Plans from the last major development of Lancaster (Forton) Services in 2007  - First floor & tower northbound

2007 - ground floor northbound

2007 - southbound

 Arial photograhs of the site of Forton Services





 M6 coach crash Monday 21st October 1985, 1.30pm

The accident  occurred on the southbound carriageway of the M6 motorway between junctions 32 and 33 in Lancashire just south of Forton Services. A coach and 13 other vehicles were involved in the accident. Thirteen people were killed and 34 were injured, some seriously. Three of the fatalities were in the coach and 10 in the other vehicles.

The site of the accident was 600 yd before a point at which the nearside and middle lanes of the southbound carriageway were closed to enable essential repair works to be done. The weather at the time of the accident was fine and bright, and the carriageway was dry.

News reports from the BBC & ITV regarding the accident

The long since unused service lifts which would bring various supplies to the tower restaurant


Service lift level 3, veiwing platform

Service lift level 2, former restaurant

More Photos


Mid 1960's, Forton Northbound car park



 Colour copy of the only 'in use' shot of the restaurant


1972 Northbound car park


 Date unknown, taken from the waalkway bridge



 1993 Pavilion makeover


 1993 Pavilion makeover

1993 Pavilion makeover completed


 Pavilion green

Forton Services Post Office - First Day Cover


 Opening day first day cover for Fortons post office - March 23rd 1983

kindly donated by Brian Compton


Promotional card insert for the first day cover


A Good Read - Books of interest

The Motorway Achievement - Building the Network: The North West of England by Harry L. Yeadon

The North-West of England, home of the Industrial Revolution, also saw the beginning of a new era in road communications, when Britain's first motorway, the Preston By-pass section of the M6, was completed in 1958. By the end of the 20th century the Region had a greater concentration of motorways than any other part of the country. It was realised early on that an improved road network was fundamental to the area's economic regeneration. The North-West's diverse topography and geology presented unique challenges of considerable magnitude. The engineers involved had to contend with the rugged terrain of the Pennines and the Lake District, coastal plains, and the built-up areas of major conurbations. Technical feats included crossing major rivers, the Manchester Ship Canal and other waterways, a complex railway system, in addition to the necessary provision of links to the existing road network. This compelling and eminently readable narrative traces the Region's motorway development, outlining the benefits that have resulted in terms of traffic, safety, economy and environment. A large number of colour photographs and diagrams lavishly illustrate the author's fascinating story of what was a remarkable achievement, often carried out under difficult circumstances, of which the personnel concerned can be justifiably proud. Harry Yeadon's book combines landscape, regional and transport history, and highlights the numerous advantages of the motorway revolution.

Always a Welcome: The Glove Compartment History of the British Motorway Service Area by David Lawrence

Next time you pull over for a cuppa, look around at what remains of some of Britain's most ambitious twentieth century architecture.
This book chronicles the history of the motorway service area from the early days of Watford Gap and Newport Pagnell, through the era of gimmicks and novelties at Trowell and Forton, right up to the modern 'mall' era of Donington Park and the 'big three'.
Lawrence has assimilated an impressive array of photographs of British people taking a break from their journeys over the years, as he explains how the forces of politics, business, fashion and latterly globalisation have changed how we take a break from our journeys.
A must for anyone who enjoys the history of everyday places

A History of British Motorways by Dr George Charlsworth

In A History of British Motorways, Dr Charlesworth presents a fascinating account of the way political and social attitudes concerning motorways have evolved.  He describes the early road policies before and between the two World Wars and goes on to cover the building accelerated in the 1960s; however, during the 1970s objections began to be raised on environmental and social grounds.  these, coupled with the oil crisis of 1973/4 and the general downturn in the economy, reduced the progress that was being made.  As well as describing the inividual motorways in England, Soctland and Wales, with a separate chapter on urban motorways, the author considers the design and planning, usage and socio-economic aspects of motorways