The Colsterworth Roundabout being removed has opened the gates to a whole host of facilities. The northbound forecourt is signed from the northbound side; the southbound forecourt and service area are signposted from both sides; and an additional truckstop is signed from both sides of the road as 'lorry parking'.
Overnight parking is available in the southbound 'Colsterworth Services', where the first two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £16, or £18 to include a food voucher.
Prices can be paid through the phone, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
This was once a roundabout that was a hub of services activity, which is told below.
Two Happy Eaters were built on either side of the A1, to the north of the Colsterworth Roundabout. The one which was on the southbound side (the north-east quadrant) gained an Esso garage (named The Jubilee Garage), and a Travelodge motel.
A Total garage was added on the northbound side.
Granada decided to go head-on with Forte's Happy Eater by building a large restaurant in the south-east corner of this roundabout. It was accessed from the A1 southbound but with a road back up to the roundabout, and utilised a former truckstop.
The main building took an L-shape, as was common at the time, with the motel completing a C-shape. In the centre was a quad, originally looking smart with the light paving contrasting against the dark building, but it quickly faded.
A bay window, good for the restaurant but unusual for a service area, provided a view of the A1. A narrow corridor provided access to the HGV parking.
Granada next acquired Fortes, which gave them access to Little Chef, Happy Eater, Travelodge and Welcome Break. With this range of catering, Granada ended their deal with AJ's, and the Colsterworth restaurant closed.
With Granada inheriting Grantham North, which is ten miles up the A1, Colsterworth came to be nicknamed "Grantham South".
As part of their acquisition, Granada now owned the two Happy Eaters to the north of the roundabout, and in 1997 they changed these to Little Chefs. Just a year later, both of these closed, as well as the motel.
The northbound Happy Eater became the China Moon Chinese restaurant, and closed in 2013. All these buildings are now derelict.
Main Restaurant Re-opens
With Granada closing the two northern restaurants, they opened a large Little Chef in the main, newer, Colsterworth building, next to the existing Burger King. The Granada Lodge would have become a Travelodge.
All of Granada's brands were merged with Compass, causing the services to be re-branded Moto. Compass sold Little Chef and Travelodge, but Moto kept control of the land. Moto also kept Grantham North.
The Granada branding at the site was replaced by the Little Chef logo.
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