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Blackburn with Darwen services

Blackburn with Darwen
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsBlackburn with Darwen services
Road:M65 at J4
(also accessible to traffic on the A666)

Address:McDonalds Restaurants Ltd
Commercial Road
Telephone number:01494 678876
Signposted from the road?Yes
Previous names:Blackburn Interchange, Blackburn
Grid reference:SD686242
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Visit Blackburn with Darwen/Extra's official website

The M65's only service station, which is owned by McDonald's but leased to Extra, who themselves sub-let the retail units out.


Catering: Chopstix Noodle Bar, Costa, Greggs, McDonald's Shops: none Main Amenities: Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room, Picnic Tables, Quicksilver, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free parking, after which you must pay £25 per 24 hour period.


The design of the building is odd in offering several entrances depending on the facility desired, including a full supermarket unit. Although inter-connected, the McDonald's unit is built completely differently, and unlike the rest of the building it doesn't have the motel sitting above it.

Opening and Name

Plans for a Blackburn South services began in 1990. 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.

Brand Changes

The services opened with a Little Chef which closed in 2005.

Greggs and Costa Coffee opened here on 6 November 2012 and are operated by Moto.

This site used to be home to the only Co-op Food store at a motorway service area but this was replaced by Budgens in 2016 due to a corporate sale - however this closed down in February 2017 as the Budgens franchisee which operated the site went bankrupt. This is now, therefore, the only motorway service area which doesn't have a shop within the main facilities.

Survey Results

In 2015, Blackburn with Darwen was one of six services rated 5 stars by Visit England.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the services won a gold loo award.

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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