Cardiff West services

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Cardiff West services
Cardiff West services.jpg
The main building.
Cardiff West services is located in Cardiff
Cardiff West services
Cardiff West services (Cardiff)
County: Mid Glamorgan
Road: M4 motorway
Coordinates: 51°30′23″N 3°18′19″W / 51.50626°N 3.30535°W / 51.50626; -3.30535Coordinates: 51°30′23″N 3°18′19″W / 51.50626°N 3.30535°W / 51.50626; -3.30535
Operator: Moto Hospitality
Date opened: 1991
Website: Moto[permanent dead link]

Cardiff West services is a motorway service station on junction 33 of the M4 motorway and the Capel Llanilltern junction of the A4232 near Cardiff, Wales. It is owned by Moto. In 2008, the services won the AA Patrol Approved Awards for best toilet.[1]

The services has previously acted as a site for escorting fans to Cardiff City FC games, because of travelling restrictions imposed on away fans visiting the city. These restrictions were relaxed in 2010, but the services continued to act as a sales point for match vouchers.[2][3][4][5] Subsequently, the services has become well known to Cardiff City fans, particularly after a prominent appearance in the situation comedy Gavin & Stacey.[6]

In 2004, the services was the site of several protests over the rise in fuel duty. In May, 50 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) entered the services' car park as the ending point of a "go slow" demonstration along the M4.[7] In June, the site was chosen as a meeting place for another protest. 150 HGVs made a journey from the services to the centre of Cardiff.[8][9]

In 2010, rugby player Andy Powell was arrested at the services for allegedly driving a stolen golf buggy while intoxicated.[10]


Facilities available here include:

  • Travelodge
  • Costa Coffee
  • Burger King
  • Greggs
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Costa Express
  • WHSmith
  • Esso (with Costa Express and Subway)


  1. ^ "Special patrol to judge cafe award". Wales Online. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bristol City escape bubble for Cardiff City trip". The Bristol Post. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Protocol for matches". Bristol City FC. 19 January 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cardiff Ticket Details". Leeds United FC. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cardiff City match preview". West Ham United FC. 2 March 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ BBC Radio 5 Live (2012). The League Doesn't Lie: The 606 Book of Football Lists. Random House. p. 320. ISBN 9781446417706. 
  7. ^ "Hauliers' threat over refineries". BBC News. BBC. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "150 trucks join fuel protest". Daily Telegraph. 5 June 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fuel protest convoy hits city". BBC News. BBC. 5 June 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Parry, Ryan (15 February 2010). "Rugby star arrested for buggy prank". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Next eastbound:
Cardiff Gate
Motorway service stations on the
M4 motorway
Next westbound:
Sarn Park