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Brampton Hut services

Location:

A1/A14 Brampton Hut Interchange

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

PE28 4NQ

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:



A variety of facilities positioned where the A1 and the A14 used to cross: it is now just a short detour from the new A14.

Facilities

COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 17 March 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.
Catering: Burger King Drive Thru, McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru, Subway Main Amenities: Tourist Information Sign Hotel: Premier Inn Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £11 per 24 hours.

Separate parking is provided for cars, coaches, HGVs and caravans.

Parking is controlled and strictly enforced by CP Plus on behalf of BP.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Brampton Hut
Great North Road
Brampton
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 4NQ


Trivia and History

The A1 Great North Road used to meet the A604 Thrapston Road at a flat roundabout here. In the corner was the Brampton Inn, which eventually gained its own petrol station. These facilities were later demolished. A tiny section of the old A604 still exists, forming the entrance to the new development. A long part of the original A1 could also be reached from the service area (it ran east of the small roundabout), but much of it was torn up during the 2019 roadworks.

Original Proposals

In 1987, several local authorities created a joint policy for service areas on the new A14. This recommended providing new facilities at Brampton Hut.

Plans for a service area here were first proposed here in 1989 by The Petergrove Consortium & S.P. Morley. There plans were later withdrawn in 1991. This became the first of many proposals for the site.

In 1990, Norfolk House Group then proposed to build a filling station, restaurant, truckstop, hotel, lodge and parking for all vehicles as well as 9 storage and distribution units here. These plans were later amended to drop plans for the storage and distribution units and Norfolk House Group were eventually granted planning permission in 1992.

In 1991, rival plans from Tim Martindale were submitted. Their plans included a filling station, hotel, restaurant and parking for all vehicles. They were the first to be granted planning permission in September 1991 but they later withdrew their plans in 1995.

In 1992, the site received 3 separate proposals. The first came from Lenton Brothers Ltd. in February who planned to build a filling station here. They later withdrew their plans in April. In March, S.P. Morley also submitted plans for a filling station here and they too went on to withdraw their plans in October.

The third and final plan in 1992 came from BP Express was put forward plans for a filling station, amenity building, hotel, restaurant, police compound and parking for all vehicles. Permission was granted for this proposal in 1993.

Final Plan

Despite the many proposals, by 1997 the service area still hadn't been developed. However, in September 1997, Whitbread submitted plans to build a Travel Inn and a Brewers Fayre restaurant in the north-west corner of the site. This was joined in October by a joint application from BP and McDonald's which proposed a McDonald's Drive Thru restaurant, BP filling station, parking areas for all vehicles and a police compound to be built to the south and south-west of the site. Both sets of plans were approved in February 1998 with both all the facilities opening by the end of the year. Although other facilities have since joined it, the BP forecourt remains the main facility.

Recent Changes

The filling station went onto gain a Wild Bean Café and in 2013 this was joined by a M&S Simply Food store.

In 2008, the Brewers Fayre restaurant was rebranded to Table Table. By 2013, this had been returned back to its original Brewers Fayre branding.

Expansions

Starbucks and Subway.
Some of the latest additions to the service area.

The original facilities were built with space for a number of new developments.

In 2004, Parklake Hotels Ltd. submitted plans to build a 110-bed Days Hotel on land to the west of the entrance road to the site however this was later withdrawn in 2005. A subsequent plan was later submitted in January 2006 reducing the size of the hotel to 95 bedrooms but these plans were refused in March 2006.

Since 2011, several plans have been submitted to introduce new food units to the site. The first included plans to add a Costa Drive Thru, OK Diner and picnic area to the site and were approved in February 2012. In late 2012, subsequent plans were submitted including additional units for a KFC Drive Thru and Subway store alongside the planned OK Diner with the Costa Drive Thru being changed to a Starbucks Drive Thru. These plans also received approval in May 2013.

In September 2014, a company called Brampton Valley Ltd. submitted plans for a KFC Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru and Subway alongside a new Burger King Drive Thru replacing the OK Diner proposal. These plans were also granted permission in November 2014. In August 2015, they altered these plans replace the KFC Drive Thru proposal with 3 smaller units with one of the units confirmed as a Greggs store. This was granted permission in December.

Brampton Valley Ltd. commenced work during late 2016 and early 2017 on the new units with the Greggs, Starbucks Drive Thru and Subway all opening in August 2017. The Burger King Drive Thru then later opened in 2018. Two of the three proposed smaller units remain empty to this day with one of them including a drive-thru lane adjacent to the side. Since opening, a sign has been placed by the roundabout claiming that this is the 'Brampton Hut services'.

Following a reduction in traffic levels directly passing the service area, the Greggs store closed in 2020. This now means that all three of the smaller units are now vacant.

Status Upgrade

The service area has benefited from rising traffic levels on the A1 and A14. In 2019 the new A14 Huntingdon Southern Bypass opened, which meant traffic on the A14 will no longer be directly passing the entrance to the service area, and will instead have to make a detour.

It had been planned that the new road would open as a motorway; the A14(M). That plan prompted Brampton Hut to be designated a motorway rest area, and a series of signs were drawn up to promote this. At the last moment, the A14(M) proposal was dropped, and instead more bog-standard trunk road service area signs were erected.

Alternatives

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Wyboston (A1 southbound, 13 miles)
Astwick (A1 northbound, 23 miles)
Bedford (A421, 21 miles)
Services on the A1Peterborough (15 miles)
Spaldwick (westbound, 4 miles)
Thrapston (13 miles)
Services on the A14Cambridge (12 miles)

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