Pit Stop of the Year Award
Anyone who works hauling goods and travelling back with a return load knows the importance of a roadside rest stop. This award recognises the best of them.
Anyone who spends their days (and often nights) out on the UK roads hauling goods across the country and then travelling back with a return load knows the importance of a decent roadside rest stop: a place to take a break, get something to eat and recharge the batteries for the next leg of the journey. Of course, like most services, the easiest way of sorting out the good from the bad and mediocre is through personal recommendation – and what better recommendation could there be than a "Truckstop of the Year Award"?
The popular Chippenham Pit Stop, just off the M4, was the winner of the 2017 award, so if you want to know just what it takes to be Pit Stop Number 1 this year, take note.
Once a short list of eight is compiled, a panel of anonymous judges head out on the road (incognito, of course) to put each one's facilities to the test and concur on a final winner.
According to both readers and judges, the Chippenham Pit Stop is a well-deserving winner and a standout in terms of layout, service, cleanliness and facilities. Situated just off the busy Junction 17 of the M4, the site includes an 85-space lorry park adjacent to its filling station and runs its operation under the mantra of, "You take care of the driving, we'll take care of you." For weary, hard-working drivers on their second or third return load of the week, that undoubtedly comes as a welcome invitation.
Rest and rejuvenate: The 24-hour rest facilities include clean, modern showers (with under-floor heating), an outdoor gym, a private meeting room, a lounge with a flat screen TV and the "Goods Bar", which serves local ales and provides a cosy space to relax and watch sports.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching loads and return load jobs with available drivers. Over 5,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.