Blackburn with Darwen services
The M65's only service station, which is owned by McDonald's but leased to Extra, who themselves sub-let the retail units out.
Catering: Chopstix Noodle Bar, Costa, Greggs, McDonald's Drive Thru, Rollover Shops: Family Shopper Main Amenities: Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room, Quicksilver, Showers Motel: Travelodge Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £25 per 24 hour period.
Trivia and History
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.
The filling station is operated by Shell.
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.
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.
The services opened with a Little Chef which closed in 2005. When it opened Little Chef marketed it as a replacement for the Salmesbury branch on the A677, which they said was too small.
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.
| 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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