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Markfield services

Markfield
Euro Garages
Markfield services
Road:M1 at J22
(also accessible to traffic on the A50 and the A511)

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Address:Leicester Markfield Service Area
A50-M1 Interchange
Little Shaw Lane
Markfield
Leicestershire
LE67 9PP
Telephone number:01530 244706
Signposted from the road?No
Opened:1989
Previous operators:Granada, Moto, BP Express
Previous names:Leicester
Grid reference:SK476111
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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Now little more than a petrol station and a hotel next to the M1, Markfield shows all the promise of being a full service area but doesn't actually achieve it.

Facilities

Catering: none Shops: none Main Amenities: none Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £14, or £16 to include a £6 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2450.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia

The first application for a service area here referred to a "drive-in type restaurant".

Naming Issues

Markfield was officially known as Leicester, but we refer to it as Markfield to avoid confusion with ex-Extra's Leicester services, now known as Leicester North, and Welcome Break's Leicester Forest East, the latter being only six miles away but thought to be closing at some point in the future. Interestingly, both Euro Garages and Travelodge refer to the services as Markfield.

Change Of Owners

The services were built by Granada who wanted to quickly increase their number of sites. They may have been hoping that their Granada Lodge would stop Welcome Break expanding Leicester Forest East.

Moto inherited it with an amenity building with a retail store, Burger King and a Little Chef. Over six years, the building was deprived of its former facilities and eventually closed in 2014.

Mobil owned the filling station and sold it to BP. The filling station is still owned by BP but Euro Garages operate it on a leasehold basis.

The fall of Markfield

The Little Chef and shop closed in 2008. Through time, the Little Chef became a Moto-operated Costa and was then closed again, leaving a large empty unit next to the Burger King unit. Moto introduced a Coffee Nation machine in the main building, but removed this when the services closed down. The Burger King seems to have closed with immediate effect, because the now-out-of-date promotional posters and furniture, as well as Burger King logos, are still in the building to this day. Lots of mould has gathered around the partition next to Burger King and within the former Costa unit. The entire building is flooded and the floor has worn away. Little attention is given to the site - the entire site, including the children's play area and other external amenities, is overgrown.

Survey Results

In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.

Alternatives

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Leicester Forest East (6 miles)Services on the M1 Donington Park (9 miles)
road becomes A511
Services on the A50 Leicester (A46, 9 miles)