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Newport Pagnell services

Newport Pagnell
Welcome Break
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Road:M1 between J14 and J15

Address:Granada Services
Newport Pagnell Motorway Services Area
Newport Pagnell
MK16 8DS
Telephone number:01908 217722
Signposted from the road?Yes
(most facilities 1960, rebuilt 1980s)
Previous operators:Motorway Services Ltd, Trusthouse Forte
Grid reference:SP858435
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.
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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., Yorkshire Tea Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Ramadabook Forecourt: Shell, Texaco, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea

Parking Prices

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.


Outside the services in 1978.

Full details: History:Newport Pagnell

The UK's oldest service area was once a sight to behold. Full details are provided on the history page.

This was the test site for WHSmith. In April 2013, Burger King returned to the services, having previously been removed to save space.

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.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2015 and 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".

Also in 2000, the AA rated the services as "acceptable".

In 1991, a Which? survey recommended the services.

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.


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