|Road:||M1 between J25 and J26|
|Address:||Moto Hospitality Ltd|
Trowell Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||0115 932 0291|
|Signposted from the road?||As Costa/Burger King/M&S|
|Previous operators:||Mecca Leisure, Granada|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.|
|Visit Trowell Northbound/Moto's official website|
Visit Trowell Southbound/Moto's official website
Trowell has a history of being slated but Moto have worked hard to brighten it up a bit. The northbound and southbound sites are very different, with northbound having recently had an extension. The car park is very small and finding spaces can sometimes be difficult.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e (northbound only), Lucky Coin, Multi Faith Room[website], Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Costa Express, Eat & Drink Co., Krispy Kreme
Shops: Fone Bitz (southbound only), M&S Simply Food (northbound only), WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Fuel: BP, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £19.50, or £21 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2471 (northbound) and 2472 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
When it opened, operators Mecca Leisure insisted that visitors thought of it not as a service area but as a "village". The site was heavily themed, particularly around Robin Hood. This was all removed when Granada took over.
It provided the usual choice of restaurants in a small, two-storey building. Under Granada the upper level became office space, and a new southbound dining area was added to the lower level. That was then extended to provide one of the first mini-shopping malls, and a later a whole new lower level for dining on the northbound side.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.
In 2006, Holiday Which? gave Trowell a rock-bottom 1/5 in their survey. It didn't come last though, Cullompton on the M5 did.
In 2005 and again in 2006, the services won a five-star loo award.
|Donington Park (11 miles)||Services on the M1||Tibshelf (14 miles)|
|Donington Park (11 miles)||Moto services||
Woolley Edge (51 miles)|
Doncaster (North) (54 miles)
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