|Road:||A38 between Mansfield and Derby|
(also accessible to traffic on the A61 and the B6179)
(Google Maps link)
|Address:||Granada Motorway Services|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Grid reference:||SK406546 (SABRE Maps)|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
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Although the facilities offered are a standard affair familiar to regular drivers, the building here looks deceptively grand.
First two hours free for all vehicles. Further details aren't available, pleaseif you know.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia & History
Planned in 1987 as Swanwick services, Alfreton was part of Granada's plans to expand Granada Hotel. This one was styled to be particularly grand, with its large building and garden fronting the road, as well as the covered walkway at the entrance. There is a small, unused terrace at the front of the building and the toilets are in a small, separate area.
After Granada decided to leave hotels, this place was sold to Trusthouse Forte and they turned it into a Little Chef/Burger King/Travelodge combination in around 1994. This fell back under the responsibility of Granada when they took over Trusthouse Forte in 1995, and was subsequently sold on again. Granada signage was covered up by 'Little Chef'.
The Burger King here closed here for a time but has since reopened in a small unit between the main facilities.
Much of the original car park is now used by the neighbouring business park. There is a community fire station here too.