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Service stations are open.

Durham services


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

Signposted from the road? As McDonald's/Costa



map and directions


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.


COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.

Catering: Costa, McDonald's Drive Thru, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Showers Hotel: Days Innbook Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 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 GroupNexus.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Road Chef
Tursdale Road

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Durham 2003.jpg
Part of the foyer in 2003.

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Services opened 1994

Full details: A1(M) Planning Applications

The services opened on 23 August 1994. It was one of the first service areas to be developed privately, and had been put forward by Fina, who sold most of the land to Roadchef. Fina continued to run the petrol station, until they became Total, and then it later changed to Shell.

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.

Planning permission for a Costa Drive Thru here was granted in 2017. Roadchef's first McDonald's Drive Thru, attached to the main building, opened in November 2019.


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Barton Park Truckstop (21 miles)
Services on the A1(M) Washington (11 miles)
none nearby Roadchef services none

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