Road:A1(M) between J64 and J65
Washington Motorway Services Area
A1 M
Tyne and Wear
Telephone number:0191 4103436
Signposted from the road?As Costa/Burger King (northbound)
Greggs/Costa/Burger King (southbound)
Opened:1970 (southbound)
1980s? (northbound)
Previous operators:Taverna, Granada
Previous names:Washington-Birtley
Grid reference:NZ283550
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.
Visit Washington Northbound/Moto's official website
Visit Washington Southbound/Moto's official website

A fairly old service area squished into the local area. The southbound site is actually located off the J64 exit sliproad, and traffic leaving the services has to cross this to rejoin the motorway.

Recently dropped its fuel prices so that it is one of very few services which are competing with local garages.



Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin (southbound only), Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Greggs (southbound only), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme (southbound only)
Shops: WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms: north south]
Forecourt: BP, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme (southbound only), Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £19, or £20.50 to include a £9 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2474 (northbound) and 2475 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia and History

The 'skywalk'.

The design was airport inspired, aiming for modern, pan-European travellers. As part of its desire to be futuristic, the food it offered was part cooked, then put into a vending machine, where customers could buy it and take it to a microwave along with cooking instructions.

When it opened, the footbridge, which spans three sliproads, was the longest in the UK. The northbound side had an 'up' escalator to take people up into the "futuristic and robotic" southbound services.

The Highways Agency have listed Washington as an "approved truckstop", something which surprisingly few service areas are. Previously the Highways Agency's approved truckstop was the Nightowl Truckstops site at the rear of the services which accessed from the local road network.

A Greggs outlet opened here on 14 March 2013 on the southbound side.

Oh, and to any Americans who many be reading this, this is the real Washington we're talking about.

Survey Results

In May 2012, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars. In August 2011, they gave the southbound services 3 stars and northbound 2.

In 2005 and again in 2006, the services won a five-star loo award.


Durham (11 miles)Services on the A1(M) Seaton Burn (A1, 16 miles)
Scotch Corner (A1, 34 miles)
Barton Park Truckstop (32 miles)
Moto services none nearby

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