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Derby South services

Derby South
Welcome Break
Derby South services
Road:A50 between J1 and J2
(also accessible to traffic on the A6)

Address:Welcome Break Ltd
DE72 2WA
Telephone number:01332 799666
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SK425302
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
Visit Derby South/Welcome Break's official website

A modern service station on the busy A50 once full of well-known brands, now just offering fuel and a shop.


Catering: Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea
eastbound only: Restaurant
Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point
westbound only: Meeting Room
westbound only: Days Innbook
Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG)

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £16. A food voucher is optional for HGV drivers.

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.


The services are on a stretch of the A50 where it shares its route with the A6, so the services manage to serve two roads at once. The site was eyed by Welcome Break who were looking to avoid the regulations imposed on motorway sites.

The services were designed by ACP Architects.

Derby South is often referred to as Shardlow, as just a few miles to the west (and slightly to the south of Derby South) lies Derby services. The hotel at Derby South is officially named 'Donington', which is also the name of a Moto service area. Confused? You should be!

The sliproads to the services were built long before the services themselves. Despite the services being quite new, they were built with a Little Chef, even though all the other ones at Welcome Break sites had closed years ago. The Little Chef opened with the services in 2000, and closed during Welcome Break's re-branding in 2006.

Welcome Break are slowly depriving the main building of its facilities, with WHSmith and an unbranded restaurant being the only facilities left. Both sides of the site still features Welcome Break's old (pre-2006) corporate signage externally. Most interior signage has been replaced but the walls are painted blue and the toilets are inconsistent with the other Welcome Break sites, still soldiering on with old styling.

As of May 2017, the westbound site still shows signage for Welcome Break's now defunct restaurant chain Eat In, which is still there in the form of an unbranded restaurant.

Survey Results

In 2008 the westbound services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, the westbound services won a five star loo award and eastbound a four star.

In 2005 and again in 2006, both services won a five star loo award.


Donington (6 miles)
Trowell (M1 north, 11 miles)
Services on the A50 Derby and Burton (9 miles)
Leicester Forest East (M1 south, 21 miles)
Woodall (M1 north, 38 miles)
Welcome Break services Keele (M6 north, 42 miles)