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Markham Vale services


M1 at J29A
(also accessible to traffic on the A6192)

Not signposted from the road.


S44 5HS

(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.


The designated Markham Employment Growth Zone saw a new motorway junction constructed, and it gave rise to an example of a new style of unofficial service area which puts brand names first.


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 24 March 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.
Catering: KFC Drive Thru, McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru Charging Points: InstaVolt, Osprey Forecourt: Shell, Sainsbury's On the go, Greggs, Subway, f'real Milkshakes, Starbucks on the Go, Tango Ice Blast, AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 for up to 24 hours and HGVs, coaches and commercial vehicles must pay £14.99, or £19.99 to include a meal voucher.

Prices are paid in the shop.

The fees are strictly enforced by Parking Eye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Euro Garages
Markham Lane
Markham Vale
S44 5HS

Trivia and History

Work on the Markham Vale Employment Growth Zonewebsite first started in 2006 with 85 hectares of land spread across 3 districts allocated for regeneration by Derbyshire County Council on the site of the former Markham Colliery. As part of the redevelopment of the area, a brand new junction on the M1 (junction 29A) was created specifically to access the new Markham Vale area. The land to the west of the new junction was set aside for a retail and leisure development and this is now home to the facilities we see here today.

Although the service area is not signed from the motorway, it is visible and advertised as a motorway facility by filling station owners Euro Garages. The trend of offering fuel and a restaurant next to a motorway junction is very American in nature, and becoming increasingly common in the UK as brands such as McDonald's become more popular and planning laws are relaxed. The Ordnance Survey now shows Markham Vale as a full motorway service station.

The site is also known as 'M1 Commerce Park', but EG Group use the more conventional name 'Markham Vale services'. They have also been known to call it 'Duckmanton services'.

Electric forecourt developer Gridserve is looking at building a site near Markham Vale.


In May 2012, Henry Boot Developments led the first development on this site and McDonald's were the first to commence construction on their drive-thru restaurant. The restaurant took 18 weeks to build and opened in late 2012.

In June 2013, Euro Garages submitted a planning application to build a filling station and Starbucks Drive Thru on the site. Construction started on this in late 2013 with Euro Garages opening a Shell filling station featuring a Spar store and Greggs and Subway concessions alongside the Starbucks Drive Thru in April 2014.

Also in 2014, Marston's Pubs were granted planning permission to build a pub-restaurant on the site. The Little Castle opened in December 2014 with an opening ceremony attended by the chair of Derbyshire County Council Steve Fairborn.

In 2016, Euro Garages added a KFC Drive Thru to the site.

In September 2020, local Chesterfield fish and chip restaurant owners Chesterswebsite submitted plans to build a restaurant and drive-thru here in a £1 million development for the firm. The plans also include 2 electric vehicle charging bays. Permission was granted in February 2021.

Euro Garages also intend to add 4 electric vehicle charging bays to the Starbucks car park during 2021.


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