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Woolley Edge services

Woolley Edge
Moto
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsWoolley Edge
Road:M1 between J38 and J39

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Address:Moto Hospitality
Woolley Edge Motorway Services Area
Bramley Lane
Bretton
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4 4LQ
Telephone number:01924 830371
Signposted from the road?As Costa/Burger King (northbound)
Burger King/Costa/M&S (southbound)
Opened:1972
Previous operators:Taverna, Granada
Grid reference:SE300140
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
Visit Woolley Edge Northbound/Moto's official website
Visit Woolley Edge Southbound/Moto's official website
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The last services on the M1 heading northwards, the southbound building has been refurbished and it comes with a fair amount of outdoor room unlike the northbound side, which is slightly short of space.

Facilities

Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
northbound only: Eat & Drink Co.
southbound only: Greggs
Shops: WHSmith
southbound only: M&S Simply Food
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook north | book south Forecourt: BP, Shop, 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 2479 (northbound) and 2480 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia

The discreet building design.

Few bids were received to build these services, owning to lower traffic levels forecast for this section of the M1. It was eventually split into two contracts and handed to Esso. The building agreement published was the same as Anderton's. A minimum spend of £90,000 per side was requested.

The contracts allowed for temporary buildings to be used for the first 10 years, but this offer wasn't taken up. It also suggested a snack building be built, possibly with its own entrance, as many people here would want snacks only. Esso intended to trial more catering arrangements here. A separate dining area was provided for lorry drivers.

The services were the first to go for a more rural design that could not be seen from the road, a theme which was continued inside. There is a railway tunnel running under the services, which had a large ventilation shaft dominating the site, that had to be incorporated into the original plans. The building layouts also had to consider the coal seams running under the site.

The roof of the building extends to the ground, which was described as "spectacular" when it opened. The timber cladding design is supposed to look discreet and enclosed, but it was described as too assertive for such an attractive site. When Granada took over, they painted it in bright red and white.

The north-facing sliproads at the services are very long due to the steep gradient here. The southbound Rear Access utilises what was originally intended to be a temporary access road for motorway construction.

The Woolley Edge is actually a viewpoint in nearby Woolley.

As well as being the last services on the M1, Woolley Edge is the last service area alphabetically, and the service area before Woolley Edge, Woodall, is also the service area before Woolley Edge when driving up the M1. Is there anything else that can be said?

Survey Results

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

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the southbound services as 4 stars, saying they had the best coffee shop. The northbound side was given 3 stars.

In 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as 4/5.

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

The services were inspected by the AA on the 3rd and 5th of April 2004. These are their results:

Category:Rating:
Road safety and parking:Acceptable
Outdoor facilities:Acceptable
Access and indoor facilities:Acceptable
Catering:Poor
Shop:Very Good
Service:Very Good
Communications:Very Poor
Hygiene:Good
Pricing:Poor
Final Score:Acceptable

The services were said to have some good facilities, but they were very dirty.

In 1977 Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor". He found the building "still attractive" and "cheerful", and almost praised the range of snacks, but the rest of the food and the toilets were a let-down.

Alternatives

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Woodall (27 miles)Services on the M1 Wetherby (A1(M), 30 miles)
Hartshead Moor (M62 west, 20 miles)
Ferrybridge (M62 east, 21 miles)
Trowell (54 miles)Moto services Wetherby (A1(M), 30 miles)
Ferrybridge (M62 east, 21 miles)

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AA survey results from the Automobile Association, you can view the full report and what they were looking for in this PDF document.