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Northampton services

Facilities | Rating | ReviewsNorthampton
Road:M1 at J15a
(also accessible to traffic on the A43)

Address:Northampton Motorway Service Area
Telephone number:01604 831888
Signposted from the road?Yes - southbound as McDonald's/Costa
Previous operators:Blue Boar
Previous names:Rothersthorpe
Grid reference:SP722573
Services type:Two sites located within a junction, connected by a one mile public road.
Visit Northampton/Roadchef's official website

Modern Roadchef services at the M1/A43 junction, although it's been designed so that you can enter and leave the services without passing through the main junction.


Amenities: Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Typhoo Tea Machine Shops: Fone Bitz, WHSmith
northbound only: Spar
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Jackpot £500, Picnic Tables, Showers
southbound only: Business Lounge
Motel: none Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £20 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £25, or £27 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5250 (northbound) and 5251 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.


It was called Rothersthorpe until Roadchef took it over.

Blue Boar should never have been allowed to win the tender for the services, as they already owned the next services along at Watford Gap. However, due to the small size of both services, an exception was granted.

The northbound side is being used to trial Spar. The store opened on 30 September 2015 and is being trialled alongside one other site at Strensham northbound.


Land for Northampton was set aside as one of the original five services. With the two sites either side (Watford Gap and Newport Pagnell) being built, Rothersthorpe was held in reserve until it was needed, serving as only a northbound maintenance compound, with two pairs of sliproads and a bridge built and ready to be used.

Like the other four services for which land was purchased at the same time, the land purchased turned out to be far too small. There were plans for a while to make these services for HGVs only, to try to relieve Watford Gap.

Eventually two very small buildings (southbound was the larger of the two) were built next to the footbridge, designed mainly for commercial traffic. They were described as "austere" and "stark", and faced a number of planning difficulties. The footbridge was replaced in 1980. After Roadchef took over, in 2001 they replaced each one with a more modern design and disconnected the footbridge.


Originally, there would have been a rear access on to Banbury Lane to the west, and then later the new A43 to the east. When the A43 was re-routed to the east of here, a simple junction was built which was wrapped around the services, which then grew. Despite the new junction, the services retained their original online design, meaning visitors can, if they like, choose which facility they use without having to walk across a bridge.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and again in August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services at 3/5.


Newport Pagnell (13 miles)Services on the M1 Watford Gap (10 miles)
Cherwell Valley (22 miles)
Towcester (7 miles)
Services on the A43 none
none nearbyRoadchef services Watford Gap (10 miles)

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