A busy service area with a large building, located off the busy A14 road.
Catering: BakeHouse, 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: Ramada Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash
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.
Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
The Ramada Hotel.
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.
The motel here was originally a Days Inn, however it was re-branded and refurbished in July 2015.
Early facilities included a McColl's newsagent. A Ben & Jerry's kiosk was also trialled here for a time.
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.
| 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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