|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|
|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.
General: BT WiFi, Business Lounge (southbound only), Jackpot £500, Picnic Tables, Traffic Information
Restaurants: Costa, Fresh Food Café (southbound only), McDonald's (southbound only)
Shops: Fone Bitz, WHSmith (with Costa Express Krispy Kreme)
Fuel: BP (with: Wild Bean Café AdBlue Containers LPG ecotricity electric vehicle charging point)
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £10 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £21, or £23 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.
Northampton was opened many years ago under the name Rothersthorpe, one of three sites to be built by Blue Boar. It's the first and only site to break the gap between Watford Gap and Newport Pagnell, the two original motorway services.
It was an infill site: originally the northbound side housed a works unit (which is still there today), but space was left for the services on both sides, and the footbridge was built with the motorway. On the southbound side, a sliproad took traffic off the motorway, through the non-existent site and back on.
Eventually two very small buildings (southbound was the larger of the two) were built next to the footbridge. When Roadchef took over they replaced each one with a more modern design and disconnected there footbridge.
Originally, there would have been a rear access on to the A43. With the growth of Northampton and plans to improve the A43, rat-running was increasingly becoming an issue, so it was turned in to a full interchange, built around the services. 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.
The McDonalds is open 24 hours.
McDonalds & Fresh Food Café are due to join there southbound counterparts on the northbound side on Monday 23rd December 2013!
BP operate both filling stations here.
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 nearby||Roadchef services||Watford Gap (10 miles)|
With thanks to David Miller for the information used on this page.