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Blackburn with Darwen services

Location:

M65 at J4
(also accessible to traffic on the A666)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

BB3 0DB

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

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The M65's only service station, which is owned by McDonald's but leased to Extra, who themselves sub-let the retail units out.

Facilities

Catering: Chopstix Noodle Bar, Costa, Greggs, McDonald's Drive Thru, Nescafe Alegria, Rollover Shops: Family Shopperwebsite Main Amenities: Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Meeting Room, Quicksilver, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First three hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £28 per 24 hour period.

Prices can be paid at the machines in each parking area, and can be paid in Sterling or Euro, and by card, cash, fuel card or SNAP.

Contact Details

Address:
Commercial Road
Darwen
Lancashire
BB3 0DB


Trivia and History

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The former Co-op.

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Opened as McDonald's 2002
Re-branded Extra 2007?

The design of the building is odd in offering several entrances depending on the facility desired, including what used to be a full supermarket unit.

Although inter-connected, the McDonald's unit is built completely differently, and unlike the rest of the building it doesn't have the motel sitting above it.

Opening and Name

When the M65 here opened in 1997, it was supposed to stimulate the local economy. Space was left in this quadrant of the junction for a commercial development.

The idea of a Blackburn South services was first mooted back in 1990, as an alternative to a rival proposal nearer Preston. Antler Project Management Ltd planned to build services to the north of M65 J5 in 1992, but this was withdrawn. In 1999 Petromar Plc started developing what was eventually built on Oakencroft Farm.

When the services first opened it was signed as 'Blackburn services', but the site was actually slightly over the border into Darwen and as a result it became a local political hate figure.

After several lengthy meetings and even a few discussions in Parliament, the services were renamed 'Blackburn with Darwen' in 2005. When the services were proposed, the name Blackburn Interchange was used, presumably because it was intended to act as an economy-stimulating gateway to the town.

There are houses backing right on to the services.

Brand Changes

The services opened with a Little Chef which closed in 2005. When it opened Little Chef marketed it as a replacement for the Samlesbury branch on the A677, which they said was too small.

Greggs and Costa Coffee opened here on 6 November 2012.

This site used to be home to the only Co-op Food store on the motorway network but this was replaced by Budgens in 2016 following a corporate sale. This store then closed down on 27 February 2017 as the Budgens franchisee which operated the site went bankrupt. It reopened in 2018 as a branch of the franchised discount retailer, Family Shopper.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
none on M65
Lancaster (M6 north, 27 miles)
Charnock Richard (M6 south, 15 miles)
Rivington (M61, 16 miles)
Services on the M65 none on M65
Birch (M62 east, 21 miles)
Tickled Trout (M6 north, 10 miles)

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