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Grantham North services

Location:

A1 at Gonerby Moor Interchange
(also accessible to traffic on the B1174)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

NG32 2AB

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:



Grantham redirects here. For Grantham South, see Colsterworth.

Moto own these small facilities at the Gonerby Moor junction.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Full Hou$e, Showers, Randox Health Covid-19 Test Dropbox Hotel: Travelodgebook Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 120kW CCS & 100kW CHAdeMO, Tesla Supercharger 100kW CCS Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £27.50. HGVs can pay £29.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2440.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Gonerby Moor
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG32 2AB


Trivia and History

LC sign Grantham North 2020.jpg
Evidence of the Little Chef name could still be seen until 2020, some 12 years after the restaurant closed.

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Opened by Trusthouse Forte 1970s
Re-branded Welcome Break 1988
Sold to Granada 1995
Re-branded Moto 2001

The services can be used to access an adjacent Downtown superstore and garden centre. It is known locally as Gonerby Moor services. The land surrounding it is likely to be developed in the next few years.

Granada renewed their lease on the land in 2000, allowing the service area to operate for another 25 years. The land's rent was recorded as £953,000 per year at the time.

The hotel here was one of several which were used by David and Jean Davidson, a retired couple who stayed in Travelodges almost every single night from 1985 to 2007. The pair saved money by booking in advance and found the lifestyle easier than maintaining their own flat, which wasn't wheelchair accessible. A room in the Grantham North Travelodge is named The Davidson Suite in their honour.

Moto is planning to triple the size of the HGV parking area, which currently only provides 15 spaces.

Junction

Grantham used to be directly accessed from the A1 southbound, with a roundabout to the north allowing northbound traffic to access it and a loop road back to the roundabout allowing them to get back. A 1994 study found that the service area was 2x more popular with southbound traffic as a result.

In 2007 the Highways Agency brought the A1 to the west of this interchange, with the old road becoming the southbound slip roads and a new bridge being constructed for northbound traffic.

Opening

When it opened, Grantham called itself a "transport service centre". It was labelled as such in several maps, though this may have been a reference to the original Tony's Café.

The full service area was built by Trusthouse Forte for Little Chef, known as 'Grantham services'. There is a very battered, blue 'Services' sign on the B1174, which appears to date back to the place opening. As a major service area, it gained Welcome Break branding in 1988 after Forte purchased that brand, although sources from 1988 and 1995 both claim it was Little Chef that was advertised most prominently.

The central corridor linking the toilets to the shop and restaurant/café was originally in the open and was covered over in the late 1990s.

When Granada acquired Welcome Break and were forced to sell all their motorway sites in 1996, Grantham was able to remain with them, and became a Granada site. As Granada already owned Colsterworth, Grantham was renamed 'Grantham North'. Granada extended the building to add a Burger King.

After Granada became Moto and its other brands had been split up, the Little Chef was closed. Part of it became Costa, but the kitchen and servery remain in place, behind the partitions.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Ponton Main (northbound, 7 miles)
Stibbington (20 miles)
Services on the A1Foston (A1 northbound, 3 miles)
North Muskham (southbound, 15 miles)
none nearbyMoto servicesBlyth (38 miles)

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