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Barton Park services

Location:

A1(M) at J56
(also accessible to traffic on the B6275)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

DL10 6NA

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

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Although it's a truckstop with few facilities for families, there have always been a number of inconsistent and battered signs calling this place 'Barton Park services'. That may seem like an impossible dream, but Barton Park is sticking with it.

Facilities

Catering: Truckers Cafe Main Amenities: Showers Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £13.50 per 24 hour period. HGVs can pay £15 to include a £3.50 food voucher.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Barton
Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 6NA


Trivia and Design

Barton Park cafe.
The café.

This site includes a filling station next to a hill. The hill has a building which houses a café area, toilets and showers. Many signs, including one at the entrance, have a symbol suggesting there is a motel here: instead people wanting to stay the night are expected to remain in their vehicles.

History and Motorway Ambition

Full details: A1(M) Planning Applications

The truckstop is built on the Barton Limestone Quarry, part of which is still in use today.

The A1(M) Darlington Bypass opened in 1965. By the early 1970s, there were records of the quarry site being used as a lorry park. There was also a long-running plan to build an American-style motel here, which ran from 1965 until 1977.

In 1989, there was a proposal to continue the A1(M) south of here, which led to the assumption that the nearby service area at Scotch Corner would have to close. This, coupled with the recent deregulation of the industry, prompted Barton Park Ltd to propose upgrading the lorry park to a motorway service area.

The motorway service area plan was approved in 1997, and carried forward until 2001 by Chartergate Estates Ltd. They used the name Great Northern services, and signed an agreement with the Highways Agency. Meanwhile, some road signs were placed on the A1 to advise lorry drivers (who can't use Scotch Corner) of the presence of the truckstop, though they called it "lorry services". This process is known as "co-signing".

The site was purchased by Mobil, and when they merged with BP it was managed by their corporate truckstop business. BP's business was sold to Nightowl Truckstops, who later went in to receivership. This site was then purchased by Moto.

Moto Involvement

As the owners of Scotch Corner, purchasing Barton Park meant Moto could cater for all vehicle types. It also meant they would still have a presence even if Scotch Corner would have to close.

With the popularity of Moto's site at Lymm (previously named Poplar 2000), Moto began to apply some Poplar 2000 branding to Barton Park. This was soon stopped in favour of Moto corporate branding.

No progress was made with the Great Northern plan, but in 2012, when the new truckstop at Coneygarth was proposed, Moto stated several times that this was still their intention. They also suggested several possible outcomes, including co-signing Barton Park and Wetherby as lorry/car service areas respectively.

In the event, when the motorway opened in 2017, Scotch Corner was able to continue trading as normal, so the situation remains totally unchanged. As part of the project, many (but not all) of all the road signs referring to "Barton Park services" were changed to "Barton Park truckstop".

Alternatives

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Scotch Corner (2 miles)
Wetherby (40 miles)
Services on the A1(M) Durham (21 miles)
Scotch Corner (2 miles)
Wetherby (40 miles)
Moto services Washington (32 miles)