Hartshead Moor services

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Hartshead Moor services
Hartshead Moor Services.jpg
Hartshead Moor services is located in West Yorkshire
Hartshead Moor services
Hartshead Moor services (West Yorkshire)
County: West Yorkshire
Road: M62 Motorway
Coordinates: 53°42′48″N 1°44′44″W / 53.713397°N 1.745549°W / 53.713397; -1.745549Coordinates: 53°42′48″N 1°44′44″W / 53.713397°N 1.745549°W / 53.713397; -1.745549
Operator: Welcome Break
Previous operator(s): Ross[1]
Date opened: 1973[2]
Website: Welcome Break

Hartshead Moor services is a motorway service station on the M62 near Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is the highest service station in the United Kingdom.[3]


1974 coach bombing[edit]

On 4 February 1974 a bomb was detonated on a coach ferrying British Army and Royal Air Force personnel from and to the bases at Catterick and Darlington during a period of industrial strike action on the trains. The incident occurred shortly after midnight while most of those aboard were sleeping.[4] Twelve people were killed and more than fifty injured.

A memorial plaque was installed in memory of those who were killed, situated in the entrance hall of the westbound section of the service area, which was used as a first aid station for those wounded in the blast.[5] A memorial service was held at the service area in February 2004.[6] In 2009 a new memorial was created outside the service area at the wishes of the relatives of those killed.[7]


In December 2005 the RSPCA, working with the BBC filmed the sale of an African puff adder at the service area, exploiting a legal loophole to sell on the snake.[8] It was discovered in April 2006 that the service area's toilets were frequently being used for homosexual activity.[9]

Alpine Cleaning Services, who successfully pitched for investment on the television show, Dragons' Den, opened one of their first truck-washing facilities at the service area in August 2006.[10]


The service station is one of fourteen for which large murals were commissioned from artist David Fisher in the 1990s, designed to reflect the local area and history.[11]


The services are located between junctions 25 and 26 of the M62.






  • Shell
  • Ecotricity




  • 2007 Loo of the Year award – Baby Change Facilities[14]


  1. ^ "Hertshead Moor". Msatrivia.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ "MSA Chronology". Msatrivia.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  3. ^ Mason, Virginia. "12,000 portions of fish and chips and 140,000 cups of tea: A revolution is taking place at Hartshead Moor services – Halifax Today". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  4. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 4 | 1974: Soldiers and children killed in coach bombing". BBC News. 1974-02-04. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Bradford and West Yorkshire – Places – Tragedy on the M62". BBC. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  6. ^ "England | Manchester | Coach bomb victims remembered". BBC News. 2004-02-04. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  7. ^ Ryder, Gemma. "Fitting tribute to IRA coach bomb victims". Spenborough Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Deadly snakes for sale on M62 – Halifax Today". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Gay sex at M62 toilets – Halifax Today". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Cleaning company opens up on M62". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  11. ^ http://www.davidfisherartist.co.uk/achievements.html
  12. ^ "Welcome Break - Service Station - Hartshead Moor". Welcome Break. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  13. ^ "Driving Pit Stop - Find Highway and Motorway services". www.drivingpitstop.com. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  14. ^ http://www.loo.co.uk/externals/downloads/LOY_2007_Results_brochure.pdf

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