Newport Pagnell services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M1 between J14 and J15|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Newport Pagnell Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01908 217722|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
(most facilities 1960, rebuilt 1980s)
|Previous operators:||Motorway Services Ltd, Trusthouse Forte|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.|
|Visit Newport Pagnell/Welcome Break's official website|
Still using a (very refurbished) building built in 1959, Newport Pagnell achieves a lot with the little space available.
Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co. Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Ramada Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £26, or £28 to include a £9 meal voucher.
Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
The services received a lot of media attention in September 2007 when a coach took the southbound entrance at 50mph, mistaking it for a junction. It clipped the curb and came to a rest against the building. 30 out of the 33 passengers were hurt, 6 seriously, and the driver was later charged for drink driving and dangerous driving. There's more information and pictures on the BBC website.
In The Smiths' song 'Is It Really So Strange?', one of the lines is "I lost my bag at Newport Pagnell", referring to the services.
Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.
In May 2012, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars. In August 2011, they gave the northbound services as 2 stars and the southbound side 3 stars.
In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.
In 2007, Newport Pagnell northbound won a five star loo award. The southbound side won a four star one.
In 2006, both sides of Newport Pagnell won a four star loo award.
Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services at 2/5.
It was here in 2000 that Egon Ronay made the infamous breakfast review "it's called 'all-day' because it tastes as if it had been hanging around all day".
A 1978 government review described the services as "crowded and grubby".
In 1977 Egon Ronay rated the services as "just acceptable", saying it looked worn and made heavy use of pre-cooked food.
In 1961 Egon Ronay was full of praise for Newport Pagnell, mentioning its quick but stylish eating and reasonable charges. This favourable opinion did not last long.
|Toddington (15 miles)||Services on the M1||Northampton (13 miles)|
|London Gateway (39 miles)|
South Mimms (M25 east, 33 miles)
|Welcome Break services||
Leicester Forest East (45 miles)|
Corley (47 miles)
Views expressed in these comments are those of the individual contributor. They are moderated by Facebook.