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Motorway Services (Rear Access)

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Anyone have an insight on the policy around the use of the motorway rear access. I am travelling to Halesowen tomorrow and there is no destination charging at my location but it's only 3.1 miles to the Frankley services Ecotricity charger using the 'rear entrance' and 12.8 miles using the motorway exits. The signs explain that there is no access to the M5 but since I would like to be able to only access the services arriving and leaving by the rear access I was wondering what everyone's interpretation of this since I wouldn't be using it as a short cut to the motorway.

This is a 6 mile vs 24 mile diversion there and back :(

I will very likely just use the motorway access anyway but I may give the services a call first to see if they mind me accessing the rapid charger via the local road. Worst they could say is no.
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The Motorway services act says rear access are not legal entry exit points for the motorway network and hence should be controlled access not for customers/motorway users, this also applies to cross over bridges. They are provided as access points to the services only, not as entrances/exits from the motorway network. A services manager may allow discretionary access to cross the bridge as long as you return to your original side of the motorway.

more here: http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/Rear_Access
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Thanks @Kevin Sharpe I knew I'd posted a useful link before.. it was this one https://www.gov.uk/government/speec...orways-and-all-purpose-trunk-roads-in-england

Specifically of interest in that case was the bridge rules:

Bridge or underpass connecting facilities on opposite sides of a motorway: Prohibited
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