|Address:||North Yorkshire YO7 3QA|
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|Previous operators:||Station Supreme, Malthurst|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.|
Rainton enjoys a colourful history! It has always been a dual sided site, and was built as the Station Supreme Cafe, with a café and filling station on each side of the road. Both sites were then bought by Happy Eater, who demolished the southbound café and filling station, and replaced them with a more modern '70s/'80s style Happy Eater building, meaning that, although both sides were now Happy Eater restaurants, they both looked totally different. Forte then changed both sites in 1995 to Little Chefs, the southbound side briefly closed in 2004, only to re-open in 2005 when Little Chef gained a new owner.
The services had to be closed as the A1 was being upgraded to motorway and would take over the services as part of the expansion. For a while it looked like a new MSA would be built here, but plans never materialised as the owners, Malthurst, were more interested in a site near the A61.
Consequently, the southbound services were compulsory purchased as part of the roadworks and closed in early 2009, and as no plans were put forward to save Rainton the northbound services officially closed on the 3rd Janaury 2010. The Little Chef and Burger King had already been removed a few weeks before, leaving just a Texaco station. Given that Rainton North was one of Little Chef's busiest sites the closure must have been a real blow!
It's still not clear how things will work out regarding services on the new A1(M).
With thanks to Alan Simpson for the information used on this page.