|Road:||A1 at J55, Scotch Corner Interchange|
(also accessible to traffic on the A66 and the A6108)
Scotch Corner Pavilion
|Telephone number:||01325 377726|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Rank, Pavilion, Granada|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Scotch Corner/Moto's official website|
Scotch Corner is a small service area on the eastern side of the junction of the A1 and the A66. On the western side of the junction is an older hotel not part of the services, historically known as the Scotch Corner Hotel but now Holiday Inn Darlington[website].
There is no parking for HGVs at the services, but there is a separate HGV lay-by accessible at the same junction, again not part of the services.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Lucky Coin
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Starbucks on the Go
First two hours free, after which cars must pay £15. There is no HGV parking available.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2459.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Scotch Corner has been an important road junction since before the motor era. It is one of the few coaching destinations to be a primary route destination in its own right, even though it has no population and is home to only this service area on the eastern side of the junction, and the Scotch Corner Hotel on the western side. The village of Middleton Tyas begins immediately to the east of the service area.
In the 1990s and early 2000s the site had an uncertain future while plans to upgrade the A1 to motorway were discussed. Although it was unlikely to be in the way, the site is smaller than many motorway service areas and it may have been the case that Scotch Corner was rejected in favour of a more flexible location elsewhere. In the event, Moto chose to gradually replan the existing site, extending to the front of the existing building to add M&S Simply Food and (construction in progress in January 2015) Greggs, and directing most vehicles to the larger car park outside the Travelodge, previously reserved for hotel customers and caravans, with the old car park close to the entrance being treated as an overflow facility. Construction of the Leeming to Barton section of the A1(M) eventually began in 2014, and it seems inconceivable that Moto's investment in the site would take place were Scotch Corner not to be signed as a service area from the A1(M) when work is completed in 2017.
The M&S Simply Food here is open 24 hours, the first instance of this at a Moto site.
The petrol station on the site was not run by Moto and was sold by Esso to Euro Garages in 2013. Euro Garages retain Esso as their fuel supplier at Scotch Corner but have added a Spar store, Starbucks on the Go machine and in January 2015 were displaying a banner which promised that Subway would eventually open within Euro Garages' section of the services, though the scale of the outlet and whether this will involve reconstruction of the petrol forecourt shop was unclear.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award. In 2005, it was five stars.
|High Brough Moor (A1 northbound, 1 mile)|
Leeming Bar (11 miles)
|Services on the A1||
Durham (A1(M) north, 27 miles)|
Barton Park Truckstop (2 miles)
|Tebay (M6 north, 44 miles)|
Sedbury Lay-by (1 mile)
|Services on the A66||end of road|
|Leeming Bar (11 miles)|
Southwaite (M6 north, 61 miles)
Washington (A1(M) north, 34 miles)|
Barton Park Truckstop (2 miles)
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