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Woodall services

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Road:M1 between J30 and J31

Address:Woodall Services
Woodall Motorway Services Area
South Yorkshire
S26 7XR
Telephone number:0114 248 6434
Signposted from the road?Yes
Previous operators:Trusthouse Forte
Grid reference:SK479800
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.
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Complete with a wide variety of fast food (with different facilities on each side), Woodall is an old service station on the outskirts of Sheffield that has been brightened up several times by Welcome Break.


Catering: KFC, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea
northbound only: McDonald's, Starbucks Drive Thru
southbound only: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, Subway, West Cornwall Pasty Co.
Shops: WHSmith
southbound only: Fone Bitz, Waitrose
Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming, Meeting Room Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £24, or £26 to include a £9 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.


Refurbishment to the northbound services removed some of the partitions.

The larger southbound side is set around its food court, whereas northbound has the seating area set in the side of the building.

In the past this website used to describe the bridge between the two buildings, which is something quite temporary made permanent, as "nasty". We've now been told by a panel of experts that this is wrong, and that the correct description is "apocalyptic". The bridge, which is draughty and leaks, and for a long time did not connect to the building, has been reconnected to WHSmith.

Three possible sites were examined before the services were built: Killamash, Wales and Woodall. The main concern was the proximity to Sprotbrough. Forte wanted to build a hotel here from the outset, but were asked to back down as plans to widen the M1 meant the services could have had to be demolished and the Department did not want to allow the value to increase.

Originally the restaurant had orange settees with a brown, Scandinavian-style strip-wood ceiling. A screen sectioned off an area for lorry drivers.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2015, Visit England gave both sides of the services in 3 stars. The northbound side dropped down to 2 in May 2012, but both received 3 in August 2011.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, Woodall won a five star loo award. The petrol forecourt won four stars.

In 2006, the southbound petrol station won a five star loo award and the main building won four stars. The northbound site wasn't rated. In 2005 the southbound main building won a five star loo award.

Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services at 3/5.

In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".

A 1978 government review described the services as "cramped and poor".

In 1977 Egon Ronay described the services as "poor", with the café being graded "moderate". He criticised the "sheer lack of imagination" in the menu, the dirty carpet, the heated food and the "cramped and uncomfortable" seating.

A service station inspector described the services as "extremely well kept" in 1975.


Tibshelf (15 miles)
Alfreton (A38 south, 19 miles)
Services on the M1 Woolley Edge (27 miles)
Doncaster (North) (M18, 26 miles)
Barnsdale Bar (A1 north, 25 miles)
Leicester Forest East (53 miles)
Derby South (A50, 39 miles)
Welcome Break services none on M1
Hartshead Moor (M62 west, 46 miles)

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