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Cambridge services

Location:

A14 at J28

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

CB23 4WU

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:



A busy service area with a large building, located off the busy A14 road.

Facilities

Catering: BakeHousewebsite, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Costa, El Mexicana, KFC, McDonald's, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Nescafe Alegria, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Quicksilver, Regus Express, Showers Motel: Ramadabook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First three hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £35 per 24 hour period. Parking tickets can be bought from machines in the car park and can be paid in either GBP or Euros.

Contact Details

Address:
Cambridge Services
A14
Boxworth
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB23 4WU


Trivia and History

Cambridge Ramada 2019.jpg
The Ramada Hotel.

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Services opened 2000

The need for a new service area arose after concerns about HGVs struggling to find places to park, and sometimes behaving inappropriately. After ruling out building at Bar Hill, in 1991 Texaco received planning permission for a new service area here. It would have been a much smaller site set far back from the roundabout, but still with a separate amenity building, likely to be leased to another operator. A 100m development-free zone was established next to the services to leave room for the planned A14 improvement.

With confusion about how and when the A14 was going to be upgraded, Texaco didn't go ahead with the plan. In 1996 it looked like the road wasn't going to be upgraded before, so Extra came up with a plan similar to what was eventually built. The 100m development-free zone continued to be respected. There were a number of concerns that the development would be inappropriate, but planning permission was still granted. It was renewed with a new proposal in 1999. This empty zone was eventually used in the 2019 upgrade.

The service area opened on 1 December 2000 and became the biggest and busiest of Extra's first three services. They said that most of the units would become conference facilities and they would not use franchises. Strictly speaking they haven't used franchises, but they've leased units out to firms who do.

Branding

The motel here was originally a Days Inn, however it was re-branded and refurbished in July 2015.

The filling station was originally operated by Texaco and Somerfield, but was sold to Shell in 2008.

Ed's Easy Diner and a Wafflemeister kiosk were both trialled here alongside Extra's site at Peterborough however these both closed in 2019.

Early facilities included a McColl's newsagent. A Ben & Jerry's kiosk was also trialled here for a time.

Signposting/other services

A14 services sign.
The new services sign overlooks the old facilities.

Cambridge was built very close to Lolworth services, which was regarded as being fine for cars but too small for HGVs. The presence of a large competitor has caused it to scale right back.

When Cambridge services first opened, blue signs were mistakenly used, instead of the correct (at the time) green. Since 1992, the only way to tell the difference between a motorway service area and an a-road one is the colour of the signs. Technically, this means it was opened as a motorway service area, despite not being near a motorway. Some listings have referred to it as being at the end of the M11.

Alternatives

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Fenstanton (A14 eastbound, 3 miles)
Brampton Hut (12 miles)
Peterborough (A1(M) north, 24 miles)
Services on the A14 Newmarket (19 miles)
Birchanger Green (M11, 32 miles)
Peterborough (A1(M) north, 24 miles) Extra services Birchanger Green (M11, 32 miles)

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