|Road:||M1 J23a northbound and J24 southbound|
(also accessible to traffic on the A42 and the A453, not far from the A6 and the A50)
Junction 23a M1
|Telephone number:||01509 672220|
|Signposted from the road?||As Burger King/Costa/M&S|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Donington Park/Moto's official website|
One large services catering for many roads at once. It's located at M1 J23a but the junction has no north-facing sliproads, so traffic heading to/from the M1 north has to leave at J24 and use the parallel A453. It forms a gateway to The National Forest, and as such it has information boards and viewpoints round the back by the lake.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Lucky Coin, Moto Meetings, Picnic Area, Showers, Truck Wash
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Costa Express, Harvester, Krispy Kreme
Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, Ladbrokes, M&S Simply Food, WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £19.50, or £21.50 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2435.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Donington Park (commonly misspelt 'Donnington Park') considers itself to be the gateway to the National Forest, and at the back by the lake there are information boards and viewing platforms.
In 1989, before the A42 was built, a much smaller service area was proposed in the north-east corner of the roundabout.
On the 25th April 2008 Greg James presented BBC Radio 1's Early Morning Breakfast Show (4-7am) live from the services.
The services were the first to be built with a design compared to that of an airport terminal which, albeit slightly modified, is still used by new services in 2013. It was billed by Granada as "a village by the roadside", aiming to reflect the wide range of facilities which would appeal to commuters.
It's the only service station where a hotel is built-in to the main building: some have access to the motel through the building, but few have the motel as a second storey. This design takes advantage of the fact few services had a hotel franchise from new, reducing the impact the construction had on the local environment.
The services were one of the first sites to gain a Marks and Spencers - at its time it was the smallest of their stores in the world, but it was then extended and rebranded to M&S Simply Food. It was built where the Burger King was, and the Burger King was moved. A WHSmith store also opened here, replacing Birthdays and the Moto Shop.
When it first opened the forecourt had a dry cleaning and a photo development service, allowing commuters to stop by on the way to and from work. The Highways Agency had applied to build a regional control centre here in 2004, but it was refused.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars and said it had a lot of sockets for business users. It also came top for rural access due to its proximity to the National Forest.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award and were graded 3/5 by Holiday Which?.
In 2005 the services won a five star loo award.
|Markfield (9 miles)|
Leicester Forest East (16 miles)
|Services on the M1||Trowell (11 miles)|
|Ashby-de-la-Zouch (9 miles)|
Tamworth (M42, 21 miles)
|Services on the A42||end of road|
|Tamworth (M42, 21 miles)||Moto services||Trowell (11 miles)|
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