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Derby South services

Derby South
Welcome Break
Derby South services
Road:A50 between J1 and J2
(also accessible to traffic on the A6)

Address:Welcome Break Ltd
DE72 2WA
Telephone number:01332 799666
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SK425302
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
Visit Derby South/Welcome Break's official website

Once an idea for a new facility on the A50, now Derby South services seems to have missed out on the investment other services have come to expect.


Catering: Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Restaurant (eastbound only) Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room (westbound only) Motel: Days Innbook (westbound only) Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG)

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £18 which includes a £10 food voucher as standard.

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.


Welcome Break Shardlow.
Little Chef signs on the building.

The services were built by Welcome break who were looking to avoid the regulations imposed on motorway sites. At the same time, it took some attention away from Granada's Donington Park services, which is in a more difficult to access position further along the A50.

The sliproads to the services were built long before the services themselves. The buildings were designed by ACP Architects, and use a single amenity building with a forecourt sales shop at one end and an restaurant area at the other.

Despite the services being quite new, they were built with one of Granada's Little Chefs, even though all the other ones at Welcome Break sites had closed years ago. The Little Chef opened with the services in 2000, and closed during Welcome Break's re-branding in 2006.

Further closures mean the westbound side now only has a WHSmith to offer, while eastbound also has what's left of the Eat In restaurant. Both sides of the site still features Welcome Break's old (pre-2006) corporate signage around the car park. Most of the interior signage has been replaced but the walls and toilet block still contain evidence of Welcome Break's old, blue styling.

As of May 2017, the eastbound side still shows signage for Welcome Break's now defunct restaurant chain Eat In, which is still there in the form of an unbranded restaurant.

Naming Issues

Derby South is often referred to as Shardlow, as just a few miles to the west (and slightly to the south of Derby South) lies Derby services. The hotel at Derby South is officially named 'Donington', which is also the name of a Moto service area. Confused? You should be!

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2008 the westbound services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, the westbound services won a five star loo award and eastbound a four star.

In 2005 and again in 2006, both services won a five star loo award.


Donington (6 miles)
Trowell (M1 north, 11 miles)
Services on the A50 Derby and Burton (9 miles)
Leicester Forest East (M1 south, 21 miles)
Woodall (M1 north, 38 miles)
Welcome Break services Keele (M6 north, 42 miles)