Blackburn with Darwen
|Blackburn with Darwen|
|Road:||M65 at J4|
(also accessible to traffic on the A666)
|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.
General: Car Wash, Meeting Room, Quicksilver, Showers, WiFi
Restaurants: McDonald's, Greggs, Costa, Dominos 2Go
Shops: The Co-Operative Food (with Costa Express)
Fuel: Shell (with: Deli2go Costa Express Autogas LPG)
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
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 in to Darwen and as a result it became very controversial to the point where people were regularly climbing on to the motorway to attack the signs for the services. 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. The services opened with a Little Chef which opened in 2002 when the services opened, and it closed in 2005 when the services were renamed under the name 'Blackburn with Darwen'.
A Chopstix Noodle Bar is due to open here very soon!
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)
With thanks to Bryn Buck for the information used on this page.