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Durham services


A1(M) at J61
(also accessible to traffic on the A177, A688 and B6291)

Signposted from the road? As McDonald's/Costa

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Single site located at a junction.

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Durham is one of Roadchef's smaller services, located on a quiet corner of the motorway network.


Catering: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Meeting Room, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell, Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £24, or £26 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5274.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Last updated December 2017.

Contact Details[edit]

Road Chef
Tursdale Road

  • Telephone number: 01913 779222
  • Grid reference: NZ307371

Trivia and History[edit]

Durham 2003.jpg
Part of the foyer in 2003.

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Services opened 1994

The services opened on 23 August 1994. It was known in planning as 'Bowburn services'.

Although the services were built like most Roadchefs at the time, it is on a smaller scale as it was only intended to be a cheap development that filled a gap in provision on the A1(M). That gap was first highlighted in the 1960s, and various online services were proposed then and since.

The services were the first to get a Wimpy, which was Roadchef's first High Street brand. This was placed at the far back of the small central area which the services are built around.

Filling station was originally run by Fina, later Total. Shell now operate the filling station.

Planning permission for a Costa Drive Thru here was granted in 2017 and will be built and open soon.


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