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Kirby Hill

Kirby Hill:

Road: A1(M) between J48 and J49
Location: Kirby Hill, North Yorkshire
Date planned: 1997-2008, 2017-
Operator: Applegreen
Grid reference: SE384691
See also: Baldersby Gate, Knaresborough

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An extremely controversial service area, Kirby Hill was proposed in 1997 and 2003, and in both cases it was defeated by the Residents Against Motorway Services (RAMS)website.

In 2017 plans for a new service area here were raised again, this time by Applegreen.


Changes made to government legislation in 2007 means that Heather Ive, the developer, believed that a smaller motorway service area could and should be built despite the new one 13 miles south at Wetherby. In March 2009 the plans were defeated again.

This section of road is part of a larger problem with the A1 having so few services between Doncaster and Darlington, and with the road set to become a continuous motorway soon (meaning that the trunk road services along the route will have to either be upgraded or demolished) the issue is bigger than ever.

Between the southbound services and the motorway is a parallel road, the A168, which will be carried over the sliproads on a bridge. The bridge won't meet the height requirements for abnormal loads which presents the services with a significant stumbling block: there is no reason why the abnormal loads bay can't be included outside of the rest of the services, but connecting this to the rest of the sliproads would be complicated.

A service area was previously proposed near here by Welcome Break.

Applegreen Plan

As part of their plans to break in to the UK, in 2017 Applegreen proposed a new service area here. Their plan has all the facilities on the western side, with a green roof covering the buildings.

RAMS are re-forming to fight the new plans.


Wetherby (13 miles)Services on the A1(M) Leeming Bar (20 miles)
Durham (53 miles)