A new truckstop and service area development on the new length of the A1(M), although signposts will take you to the more distant Leeming Bar rest area.
COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs must pay £21.50 which includes a £5 food voucher.
A1, Junction 51
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Trivia and History
As of 2019 Ordnance Survey maps now mark Coneygarth the same as they mark any regular motorway service area. Some scales mark it alongside Leeming Bar, while others show Leeming Bar as merely a 'motel'.
When the new A1(M) was being planned to replace the A1 between Dishforth and Barton, it was clear the road was going to go from having many online services to having none.
This led to a long-running planning debate, which came to a head with a public inquiry that ran until 2012. Exelby Services, which used to run a truckstop near Londonderry, were planning to move to a large truckstop at Fairfield Farm.
The inquiry concluded that Leeming Bar should be the main motorway service area, but that there was also a need for a truckstop, and Coneygarth could become one. It did not enter into a signing agreement to be signed from the new road, with the Highways Agency giving preference to Leeming Bar, but some signs have now been placed at the junction.
Although the proposed truckstop was being weighed up against official service areas, throughout the process Exelby were clear that they had no plans for the new truckstop to be signed from the new motorway.
The filling station officially opened on 7 November 2014, accompanied by a Mace branded store. A Subway outlet opened three weeks later.
The cafe here was originally due to open in early 2015. Plans for a cafe were instead submitted to the local authority in summer 2016, and 'Diner 51' opened on 9 January 2017.
In late 2018 the store changed to Londis.
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