Heston services

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Heston Services
Moto Heston East services.jpg
The eastbound services building.
Heston services is located in Greater London
Heston services
Heston services (Greater London)
CountyGreater London
Coordinates:51°29′17″N 0°23′28″W / 51.48807°N 0.39106°W / 51.48807; -0.39106Coordinates: 51°29′17″N 0°23′28″W / 51.48807°N 0.39106°W / 51.48807; -0.39106
OperatorMoto Hospitality
WebsiteMoto[permanent dead link]

Heston services is a motorway service station on the M4 motorway in the London Borough of Hounslow, built on land that once formed part of the now defunct Heston Aerodrome.


It is owned by Moto. The 11-mile £19m Chiswick-Langley section of the M4 (London - South Wales Motorway) opened on Wednesday 24 March 1965, together with the Heathrow Airport spur. During construction of this section, much vandalism took place near Harmondsworth and Harlington. The lighting of the site was provided by the street lighting division of British Lighting Industries. The 100ft main lighting columns were supplied by British Steel Corporation's Northern and Tubes Group (Stewarts & Lloyds).

Out of London[edit]

The westbound side was opened on 4 March 1967, when in Middlesex. It had 46 petrol pumps. It was opened by Granada Ltd, and was their third service area after Toddington (1964) and Frankley (1966). It had been planned to open in July 1966.

The 2019 Motorway Services User Survey found that Heston's westbound side was in the top five motorway services in the UK for customer satisfaction.[1]

Into London[edit]

The eastbound side was opened on 4 January 1968 by the then Miss United Kingdom, Jennifer Lynn Lewis and entertainer Joe Brown. The whole project had cost £500,000. The eastbound side is the part nearest the former Heston Aerodrome, where Neville Chamberlain arrived from Munich in a Lockheed 14 on 30 September 1938, to state I have in my hand a piece of paper (his Munich Agreement), known as his peace for our time speech.


Heston services is located between junctions 2 (Brentford Interchange, Lionel Road) and 3 (A312, Cranford Parkway Interchange) of the M4, near the suburbs of Heston and Cranford, and is one of only two motorway service stations within the M25 (the other being London Gateway services, former Scratchwood, on the M1); Scratchwood opened a year later in 1969.

Directly west of the westbound side is the British Airways sports ground; on the west of the sports ground was their Concorde Centre, now known as Heston Venue. The service station is in the TW5 postcode. Further west is Cranford Park.

Popular culture[edit]

Roger Moore is mentioned as passing Heston Services when supposedly on his way to appear in the first episode of "Knowing me, Knowing you" with Alan Partridge.

Heston services made a short appearance in Simon Pegg's 2007 film Hot Fuzz.


  1. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (31 July 2019). "Severn Bridge services named as worst on England's motorways". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  • Times 23 March 1965, page 16

External links[edit]

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