(L to R) Jan Smith, Driver Resource Specialist at Encore with Charlotte Redfern, Encore’s new female HGV Class I Driver for AVARA Foods

(Left to right) Jan Smith, driver resource specialist at Encore, with Charlotte Redfern, Encore’s new female HGV Class I driver for Avara Foods

New research has identified Kent and Northamptonshire as the regions leading the way for excellent rest facilities for women.

Midlands recruitment agency Encore Personnel investigated 240 UK truckstops, marking them out of 12 for their on-site facilities and four for their safety protocols.

From the data collected, the top truckstops that all have designated female facilities as well as 10 out of 12 facilities and all four levels of security are:

• Kent - Ashford International Truck Stop, TN24 0FL
• Ellesmere Port - Formula International Truck Stop – M53 J9, CH65 4LB
• Northampton - Red Lion Truckstop – M1 J16 A4500, NN7 4DE

Encore focused on whether the truck stops had toilets, washing and laundry facilities, shaving, showers, accommodation, a café, a shop, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a filling station and repair services.

It also considered the levels of security each stop had and was marked out of four for having a night watchman, mobile patrol, CCTV and fencing around the perimeter.

These were followed by eight more truck stops that marked 10 out of 12 for their facilities and marked three for their levels of security. These were:

• Hertfordshire - Baldock Motorway Services (Extra) – A1(M) J10, SG7 5TR
• Beaconsfield - Beaconsfield Motorway Services (Extra) - M40 J2, HP9 2SE
• Blackburn - Blackburn with Darwen Services (Extra) - M65 J4, BB3 0DB
• Cambridge - Cambridge Motorway Services (Extra) - A14 J24, CB23 4WU
• Cobham - Cobham Motorway Services (Extra) M25 J9/J10, KT11 3DB
• Shepshed - Junction 23 Lorry Park - M1 J23, LE12 9BS
• Leeds - Leeds Skelton Lane Motorway Services (Extra) - M1 J45, LS9 0AS
• Peterborough - Peterborough Motorway Services (Extra) - A1(M) J17, PE7 3UQ

Meanwhile the nine out of 12 facilities with four levels of security were:

• Chesterfield - Junction 29 Truck Stop – M1 J29, S42 5SA
• Cumbria - AWJ Penrith Truckstop - M6 J40, CA11 9EH

The research was conducted by Jan Smith, driver resource specialist at Encore, who said: “After months of research and endless calls with service stations and truck stops, we’ve narrowed down and found the locations that offer some of the best facilities in the UK for parking, restaurant options and cafés, repair and maintenance services. Plus, they have designated female amenities such as showers, toilets and changing rooms.

"Shockingly, in some cases we found that separate toilets weren’t even an option.

“We want to applaud the truck stops that are getting it right. Whether that be having an excellent number of facilities or strong safety initiatives for drivers, who, throughout the year, spend a lot of their time at these stop-offs. It is fantastic to see female drivers’ needs being acknowledged - which will hopefully help to diversify the workforce.

“What we are now calling for is for all truck stops in the UK to meet this high standard, ensuring that all HGV drivers across the UK have access to these facilities wherever they are in the country.”