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Ferrybridge services

Location:

M62 at J33
(also accessible to traffic on the A162 and not far from the A1(M))

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

WF11 0AF

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

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The last official services on the M62, Ferrybridge was hurt when the A1 through the junction was given a by-pass away from the road. A1 traffic can still access it but it's not as easy as it once was.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £29.50. HGVs can pay £31.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2437.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

Address:
Moto Services
Ferrybridge Motorway Services Area
Great North Road
Knottingley
West Yorkshire
WF11 0AF


Trivia and History

Ferrybridge building 2019.jpg
The tall building built to house a light and airy restaurant. The two extensions can be seen to the right.

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Opened by Granada 1985
Re-branded Moto 2001

The service area opened on 2 February 1985. It was built with a tall building, with large windows at the far end which allowed a lot of light to enter via the seating area. This also made it easy to hide all the utilities while maintaining a smooth design. Upon opening the building was described as "modern" and "tastefully furnished".

It was soon noted that 1,200 people a day were passing through the doors, but most weren't spending any money. 70 jobs had been created, with a 90% female bias.

In August 2000, Which? claimed that this was the worst service station in the country, highlighting the poor service in Fresh Express.

In April 2019, Roadchef registered an early impact assessment for a potential rival to Ferrybridge, further up the A1(M) at J42. They claimed that the road layout at Ferrybridge was putting tired motorists off.

Junction and Planning

Ferrybridge services junction.
The entrance to the services, where many people miss the turning for cars.

As soon as you leave the roundabout to enter the service area the road splits into two: left for cars and coaches, right for lorries. The suddenness of this catches many people out each day.

This was the first service area to be developed privately and without a nudge from the government, hence the profitable location with only one building where previously four would have been needed. It was built on the site of an old warehouse which already had access from the roundabout. The owner of the land sought planning permission for a service station, and then sold the land to Granada. They had previously suggested it be used for a transport café or hotel.

That new planning process was permitted as no other operators had expressed an interest in the M62, such as at Hensall. The Department for Transport initially said they were "very concerned" about a development like this, and they were reluctant to put any signs up. Granada would soon do the same across the country, like at Chieveley. The volume of traffic using the junction was eventually reduced when the new A1(M) opened in 2006, creating a convoluted route for bypassed traffic wishing to use the facilities.

A farm access called Cattlelaith Lane is accessed from within the service area, and prominently signposted.

Changes

Like most services, the front of the building has been brought forwards over the years. When it first opened, the lobby led immediately to the restaurant area (Country Kitchen), with seating on the right, a shop on the immediate left, and toilets behind them. The restaurant was soon replaced with an entirely free-flow layout (Fresh Express and Caffe Ritazza).

In 1996, Burger King and Little Chef restaurants were added to a new section at the front of the building. The shop was brought forwards too.

In 1998, Granada turned Ferrybridge into what it called a 'mini shopping centre'. A long corridor was added to the entrance, taking customers past four small shops. A Ladbrokes was added too, with a separate entrance at the front of the building.

The Little Chef lasted until 2008, making it one of the last on the motorway network. It was eventually replaced by another Costa.

The shopping experiment didn't last. Most of the units closed, and by 2013 the ones on the left had become M&S Simply Food, while the units to the right of the corridor were now storage units and game arcades. The partitions added along the main corridor means the first impression of the service area would no longer be one of large windows, but beige walls and a narrow walkway.

The restaurant, which had evolved from Fresh Express into EDC, was replaced by a trial fish and chip shop called Ernie's in 2013. The Ernie's experiment lasted until 2015, when it was replaced by a small Costa café. This was eventually joined by an EDC counter, much smaller than the previous one, and this had gone on to be one of the last remaining EDCs in the country with it eventually closing in 2019. The Ladbrokes closed and was converted to Greggs, maintaining its dedicated entrance.

A Costa drive thru and Tesla Superchargers are due to be set up here soon.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Hartshead Moor (23 miles)
Woolley Edge (M1 south, 21 miles)
Services on the M62 Glews (16 miles)
West Cave (A63, 27 miles)
Doncaster (North) (M18, 19 miles)
Darrington (A1 southbound, 2 miles)
Barnsdale Bar (5 miles)
Services on the A1 Wetherby (20 miles)
Bilbrough Top (A64 east, 20 miles)
Birch (43 miles)
Blyth (24 miles)
Woolley Edge (M1 south, 21 miles)
Moto services Wetherby (20 miles)
Doncaster (North) (M18, 19 miles)

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