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Road:M1 at J45
(also accessible to traffic on the A63)
Address:Knowsthorpe Lane
Grid reference:SE349310 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Extra made several applications to build a service area and motel to the south of M1 J45. Its appearance will be very similar to their other services such as Cobham, but the units here haven't been leased yet.

Approved Services

In Spring 2016, Extra submitted a new £50m plan for a service station here, creating 300 jobs. If successful the services would open in Autumn 2017.

The new Skelton Lake services takes all the successes of Cobham and Beaconsfield and mixes the work done at Gloucester to create what it deems to be a "new concept", where its natural features (grass roof, tree-lined approach roads, access to the lake) are its main selling point.

Extra are working on the basis that the services will support a local housing development. They have, for the last few years, been fighting for permission to open services down the road at Sheffield too. There would be a central area with four kiosks, and an additional nine units around it, with a two-storey motel joined on. Timber louvres would furnish the appearance of the green-roofed building.

In October 2016, the proposals were approved in principle by Leeds City Council. Further approval was granted in March 2018 with an expected opening date in Spring 2019.

Rejected Plans

The motorway here only opened in 1999, opening a new corridor for development and for services. Between 1997 and 2005, Extra had several plans for services and a Travelodge here rejected. At the time the junction hadn't opened.

A few years after this, Extra encountered a number of financial difficulties which may explain the lull in proposals.


Woolley Edge (13 miles)
Hartshead Moor (M62 west, 16 miles)
Services on the M1 Wetherby (A1(M) north, 17 miles)
none nearby Extra services none nearby

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