A brand new motorway service area opened on Northern Ireland's M1, now available on both sides of the road.
Catering: The Bakewell (southbound only), Burger King Drive Thru, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Subway, Greggs, Lavazza Shops: Off Licence Main Amenities: Indoor & Outdoor Play Area, Picnic Area, Showers, Tourist Information Hotel: none Forecourt: Applegreen
Trivia and History
The opening of the services has given Applegreen a monopoly on motorway services between Belfast and Dublin.
In planning this one was referred to as 'M1 services', which can be confused with a petrol station on the A4 which pre-dated Northern Irish motorway services. Some sources (incorrectly) call this service area Ballyskeagh.
The design is very similar to what Applegreen have been using in the Republic of Ireland, especially on the northbound side. The southbound side has a second-storey coffee lounge making it very similar to its sister site at Templepatrick. The biggest difference is from the outside: the Northern Irish services have much less green space.
In November 2018 Applegreen purchased a significant stake of Welcome Break. One of the trade-offs of the purchase was that suitable Applegreen sites would be managed, rebranded and refurbished by Welcome Break. It was not clear if the Northern Ireland sites (where no UK mainland motorway operators can currently be found) would be considered 'suitable', but it has since been confirmed that the changeover will happen.
|Templepatrick (M2 north-westbound, 15 miles)||Services on the M1 (Northern Ireland)||
Cohannon (30 miles)|
Castlebellingham (51 miles)
Barbican (A1 northbound, 15 miles)
Dublin Road (A1, 37 miles)
|Templepatrick (M2 north-westbound, 15 miles)||Applegreen services||Castlebellingham (51 miles)|
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