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Nene Valley services


A45 between Northampton and Wellingborough

Signposted from the road.



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Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.

Once it had ambitions to be a full service area, but now it's mostly just a pair of Euro Garages filling stations. The eastbound filling station is open 24 hours.


Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine (eastbound only)

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Nene Valley Service Area
Nene Valley Way

Trivia and History

Ecton Little Chef interior 1.jpg
Inside the former westbound restaurant.

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Opened by Roadchef 1987?
Sold to Granada 1997
Restaurants closed 2000

In 1984 Esso began plans to build a pair of forecourts on either side of the new A45. They said that the petrol stations would be operated by Heron service stations, while the restaurants would be run by Little Chef.

A local inquiry was held in August 1985 led to the decision to refuse planning permission being overturned. The service areas were built but Roadchef emerged as the restaurant partner. The eastbound side was built on a larger field and is consequently more spacious.

Roadchef stopped promoting Nene Valley in the early 1990s, after which point the restaurants were both branded AJ's. It was known to them as Ecton services. However, Roadchef wanted to build a lodge here, suggesting they were still the landlord.

By September 1997, the land had been sold to Granada, who turned each restaurant into one of their Little Chefs.

Probably due to the proliferation of Little Chefs in the area, both restaurants closed in 2000. The eastbound side was taken over by an independent café, who continued to maintain it in a style familiar to the original Roadchef. That Scoffers Cafe lasted a long time for an independent, but closed in June 2020, following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Meanwhile the westbound side fell in to disrepair, with its car park being taken over by years of foliage growth. It did have adverts pasted to it, including ones for Scoffers Cafe, but these have been buried by the undergrowth.

As a result, the parking areas seem excessive, and when the Highways Agency published their list of approved truckstops Ecton was included on it.


Grange Park (6 miles) Services on the A45 Wellingborough (westbound only, 6 miles)
Rushden (eastbound only, 8 miles)