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Durham services

Facilities | Rating | ReviewsDurham services
Road:A1(M) at J61
(also accessible to traffic on the A177, A688 and B6291)

Address:Road Chef
Tursdale Road
Telephone number:01913 779222
Signposted from the road?As McDonald's/Costa
Grid reference:NZ307371 (SABRE Maps)
Services type: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, Typhoo 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

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.


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.

Survey Results

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 Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 96% satisfaction score for the services.

In 2015, May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars.


Scotch Corner (27 miles)
Barton Park Truckstop (21 miles)
Services on the A1(M) Washington (11 miles)
none nearby Roadchef services none

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