The only significant service area on the M2/A2 route, Medway is very old and consists of one building built across the road. The services are quite quiet as new routes such as the M20 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link have meant that the M2 is no longer as important as it used to be.
COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 30 March 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.
Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Fourex Money Exchange, Showers Hotel: Travelodge Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: on both sides: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
and eastbound only: Jet Wash
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £32. HGVs can pay £34 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2454 (westbound) and 2453 (eastbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
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Farthing Corner Motorway Services Area
- 📞 Telephone number: 01634 236900
- 🗺 Grid reference: TQ817634
Trivia and Design
See also: History:Medway
Medway opened as Farthing Corner services. It has a unique layout where the building straddles the motorway with an elegant stride, avoiding the clunky and unpopular two-storey arrangement that other service areas of this era had.
Medway has a works depot located on the westbound slip road back on to the motorway. The poor road markings mean that it is easy to go wrong here and, instead of rejoining the M2, end up passing through the secret exit (which in this case isn't gated) and end up in Rainham. This was first raised as an issue in 1964 and has persisted ever since.
On 3 December 2010 the M2 through the services was closed and diverted through the car park following a broken window on the bridge caused by storm damage.
The restaurant and sun terrace became a Burger King unit, mounted directly above the road.
The Costa outlet here was refurbished and relocated in January 2015 to make way for the M&S Simply Food store.
Following numerous complaints, the toilet facilities on site gained a major refurbishment in January 2019.
|none on M2|
Cobham (A2 westbound, 12 miles)
Thurrock (M25 north, 31 miles)
Clacket Lane (M25 south, 40 miles)
Maidstone (M20, 13 miles)
|Services on the M2||none on M2|
Gate (A2 westbound, 18 miles)
Harbledown (A2 eastbound, 19 miles)
Thanet Way (A299, 18 miles)
|Thurrock (M25 north, 31 miles)||Moto services||Dover Port (A2, 39 miles)|
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