When Woolley Edge was opened to tender, the Ministry struggled to drum up any interest in it, as the traffic levels on this part of the M1 were expected to be low and the established operators were struggling to manage their existing sites.
With Woolley Edge barely making it to fruition, the idea of building more facilities just 15 miles down the road at Chapeltown was put to bottom of the list.
The land hadn't been prepared for the services and the northbound onslip still has a golf course between it and the rest of the site and a good portion of it is dense woodland.
The two south-facing 'ghost sliproads' have since been put to use by connecting them to a new local junction, M1 J35a. This would have destroyed all other potential evidence for this once-planned service area and means the site cannot be used in the future. Around this time barriers were put across the two remaining 'ghost sliproads' to prevent them being used as lay-bys.
Woolley Edge didn't look like it was carrying high levels of trade until an extension was built in the 2000s.
In 2014, Extra put forward plans for a new service area two miles to the south.