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Doncaster (North) services

Location:

M18 at J5
M180 at the starting roundabout

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

DN8 5GS

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating: See the reviews

This is the Moto service area on the M18 and the M180. For the old Little Chef on the A1, see Carcroft. For the former Forte services on the A1, see Barnsdale Bar. For the unbuilt services, see Unbuilt Services.

One service area serving both the M18 and the M180, with the largest range of facilities available in this corner of the motorway network.

Facilities[edit]

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, NomadPower, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP (with: BP Autogas LPG), Shop, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £25.50. HGVs can pay £27 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2434.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Last updated January 2018.

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Junction 5
M18 Motorway
Thorne
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN8 5GS

  • Telephone number: 01302 847700
  • Grid reference: SE667110


Trivia and History[edit]

Doncaster Scoop.jpg
Some of the original Moto brands in the services.

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Opened by Granada 2000
Re-branded Moto 2001

The services's car park is a base for a local park & share scheme. It is connected by public footpath to Hugh Hill Lane and the wider road network of Thorne.

In 2005 there were plans for the services's access road to be exploited to provide full access between the motorway and the local road network, as part of a surrounding business park development. This was dropped at the time but is now being proposed again.

Some planing documents called it 'Hatfield North services'. The unusual choice to use parentheses could be an attempt to differentiate from the A1's Doncaster services.

Brands and Layout[edit]

An M&S was planned here but it was postponed, and the services were instead extended to gain a Greggs. An M&S store finally opened in March 2016 in the former EDC restaurant area. The seating area is still in the centre, but now slightly dwarfed by the extended services surrounding it.

Doncaster had one of the last remaining trucker's cafés on the motorway network, a hangover from a much older service station design. Despite this, the building has a modern atrium design, with a single entrance and a tall, light building.

It opened with one of Granada's shopping centres, one of the first of such to open.

Previous Plans[edit]

One of the newer services, Doncaster was first proposed by Pavilion. The services here were originally proposed in 1993, but alternatives were then explored at J3 and north of J5. It had planning permission for ten years before it opened in 2000, possibly disrupted by the planned Stainforth road connection.

A mile to the south there is land shaped for the Hatfield services which was never used despite being planned since 1973. Every attempt to build something there fell through due to low demand, being more expensive to develop than Pavilion's Doncaster proposal having less passing trade.

In 1986 a plan was put forward to build services north of J6.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
none on M18
Woodall (M1 south, 27 miles)
Blyth (A1(M) south, 19 miles)
Services on the M18 none on M18
Ferrybridge (M62 west, 19 miles)
Glews (M62 east, 10 miles)
start of road Services on the M180 Barnetby (26 miles)
Trowell (M1 south, 55 miles)
Blyth (A1(M) south, 19 miles)
Moto services Ferrybridge (M62 west, 19 miles)

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