Blackburn with Darwen
|Blackburn with Darwen|
|Road:||M65 at J4|
(also accessible to traffic on the A666)
|Address:||McDonalds Restaurants Ltd|
|Telephone number:||01494 678876|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous names:||Blackburn Interchange, Blackburn|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Blackburn with Darwen/Extra's official website|
The M65's only service station, for a while it was owned by Extra but leased out to McDonald's.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Meeting Room, Quicksilver, Showers, Picnic Tables, Dog Walking Area
Restaurants: McDonald's, Greggs, Costa, Domino's 2Go, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Costa Express
Shops: The Co-Operative Food
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: Shell, Deli2go, Costa Express, Autogas LPG, Car Wash
First two hours free parking, after which you must pay £20 per 24 hour period.
If you are staying at the Travelodge parking is free, you are given a token to put in your car.
When the services first opened they were signed as 'Blackburn services', but the site was actually slightly over the border into Darwen and as a result it became a local political hate figure.
After several lengthy meetings and even a few discussions in Parliament, the services were renamed 'Blackburn with Darwen' in 2005. When the services were proposed, the name 'Blackburn Interchange' was used, presumably because they were intended to act as an economy-stimulating gateway to the town. There are housed backing right onto the services.
The services opened with a Little Chef which closed in 2005. The design of the building is odd in offering several entrances depending on the facilitiy desired, including a full supermarket unit. Although inter-connected, the McDonald's unit is built completely differently, and doesn't have the motel sitting above it.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.
|none on M65|
Lancaster (M6 north, 27 miles)
Charnock Richard (M6 south, 15 miles)
Rivington (M61, 16 miles)
|Services on the M65||
none on M65|
Birch (M62 east, 21 miles)
Tickled Trout (M6 north, 10 miles)
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