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Athlone services

(Ionad Seirbhíse Baile Átha Luain)


M6 between exits 7 and 8

Signposted from the road.


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Single site located between junctions with access to both sides.

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After more delays, another official service area has finally opened, this time serving the road to Galway.


Catering: McDonald's, Cantina, Coffee Shop, Simply Great Coffee Shops: Circle K Main Amenities: Picnic Area, Electric Vehicle Charging Point (Ionity), Showers Motel: none Forecourt: Circle K

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Trivia and History

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The junction was built but not used for several years.

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Construction completed 2015
Services opened 2019

As part of Ireland's new-found desire for new motorway services in 2007, a site was planned at Athlone. A new junction was built to accommodate it in 2015 but it was left fenced off.

Topaz won the contract to operate it as their offer scored 7% better than SuperStop's (Applegreen). SuperStop argued that this fell down to a difference in how the footpaths should be surfaced which hadn't been accounted for, and their objection prevented work from progressing any further

The amenity building has three entrances, serving the forecourt, car park and picnic area. After clearing all the legal hurdles, it was set to open in June 2019, but this was pushed to September. It officially opened on 13 September 2019, with a ceremony attended by Gráinne Walsh.


Enfield (M4 east, 69 km) Services on the M6 (Ireland) Galway (61 km)

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