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
Grid reference:SK492407
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, Lucky Coin, Multi Faith Room (northbound only), Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Costa Express, Eat & Drink Co., Krispy Kreme, Greggs
Shops: Fone Bitz, M&S Simply Food, WHSmith, Top Gift (northbound only)
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Fuel: BP, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12.50 and HGVs £20, or £21.50 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

The extended retail entrance on the southbound side.

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. Much of the specialised stock had caused Mecca Leisure trouble as they were not approved for sale on motorways at the time.

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.

The southbound upper deck actually extends over the sliproads, to take advantage of the limited space.

Originally there would have been decorated and covered walkways from the entrance to the coach park.

Mecca's architecture did not impress inspectors, who said such a rural location did not deserve such an unsympathetic design. The bright cladding around the forecourt was described as particularly distracting. Mecca Leisure also put in a bid to run Hilton Park services.

Sir Owen Williams, who did much of the M1's design work, wanted the services to serve as a farm junction, but was told they couldn't.

Survey Results

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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