|Road:||A14 between J28A and J29|
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|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.|
Lolworth and Swavesey were a pair of services on the A14. Although they were separate facilities and a good mile apart, they effectively operated together in tandem, and have both closed.
The westbound (Lolworth) Little Chef opened around 1970 while the eastbound (Swavesey) Little Chef opened around 1985.
In 2000, both sites gained a rival in the Cambridge services, which opened right opposite Swavesey and was considerably larger.
Lolworth gained a Coffee Stop in the 1990s, which became a Café Nescafe and then Burger King, and was then later removed. The filling station changed branding from Total to BP in 2012. It was operated by MRH and had an unbranded shop and a Costa Express machine.
In 2014, Lolworth Little Chef underwent a major refurbishment, the first to be done by Kout Food Group. This saw the Burger King rebuilt.
On 14 May 2017, the restaurant and petrol station at the westbound (Lolworth) services closed to make way for the A14 widening works. The Travelodge is expected to close soon.
Swavesey services is set to continue for the time being, offering an independent diner called Herbie's American Bar & Grill, a Travelodge and a hand car wash.
As the Little Chef and petrol station have closed - probably a consequence of the competition - all the signs for the services have been taken down. This means it is no longer officially regarded as a service area.