This is the existing facilities at Winthorpe. For the proposed service area on the A1, see Fernwood.
Two competing services are gathered around the same roundabout, where the A1 meets the A46 and the A17.
The Winthorpe site is positioned on the A17, and is accessible in all directions.
The site named Interchange is accessible only when travelling north-east on the A46.
Short-stay customer parking is provided. No formal HGV parking is available, but HGV access is possible at both sites.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Winthorpe Service Station
- 🗺 Grid reference: SK816560
🌍 Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
The services are really in two distinct halves, although traffic can use either. Official names are hard to come by, but the one on the main A46 is recorded as 'Interchange', while the one in the corner is recorded as 'Newark', but labelled 'Winthorpe' by us.
Main Service Area
The service area was built by Top Rank in 1991, under their new brand One Stop. It was part of an experiment to try catching traffic with smaller facilities on A-roads and was treated mainly as a service area on the A46, even though it was clearly trying to capture traffic passing by on the A1. Inside was a restaurant, shop, game arcade and toilets.
Top Rank were bought by Pavilion in 1992, but the new owners were worried about their finances and looked to sell off the least profitable sites. Pavilion had looked at building a hotel here.
With that, the services were sold to Trusthouse Forte, who decided to convert the building to a large Happy Eater. The next year Forte were taken over by Granada who converted the restaurant to a Little Chef and Burger King. Those restaurants had closed by 2006 and the building was purchased by The Friendly Farmer who turned the building into a restaurant and farm shop.
The filling station was sold by previous owners TCS to Shell in 2012 following Total's nationwide shutdown. During early 2018, it underwent refurbishment and it now features a Little Waitrose store.
The Friendly Farmer permanently closed in early 2020. As part of the Overton Park development on the former airfield, Lindum Group have built a Starbucks Drive Thru immediately behind the former Friendly Farmer building, but this is a separate facility accessed from a separate junction on the A17.
Smaller Eastbound Site
The Winthorpe service area was planned in 1988 by Strait Properties Ltd, as a petrol station and diner.
The filling station was formerly branded as Jet with a Costcutter store. In the early 2010s, the site was rebranded to Murco. In 2015, Murco was purchased by MFG who reverted the filling station back to the Jet brand. In 2016, MFG rebranded the store to Londis followed by a site rebrand to Esso in 2018.
Mint Leaf permanently closed in late 2020 in anticipation of possibly being demolished to make way for the new A46 bypass slip roads (see below).
The forecourt underwent a refurbishment in Spring 2021, despite the outcome of the A46 Newark bypass improvements not yet being decided. Works commenced in April 2021 with the filling station temporarily closing for a few weeks before partially reopening on 5 May 2021 with the shop temporarily being provided in a portable building until the redevelopment works were complete. The site officially reopened on 15 July 2021 with MFG's 24th Greggs store situated in a new extension to the sales building alongside a refurbished Londis store. The forecourt also gained a new jet wash.
The Future of the Two Services
Highways England proposed two plans to improve the Newark Bypass in 2020, which are currently in the consultation phase. As part of both plans, both of the service areas here would no longer be immediately accessible to the A46.
Under Option 1, the current section of the A46 from the Winthorpe junction towards Newark and Friendly Farmer roundabout would be directed away from the current alignment and join the new bypass with two new slip roads being built connecting the new bypass with Friendly Farmer roundabout. As part of these plans the Interchange site would be demolished to make way for the new slip roads.
Under option 2, both service areas would be able to remain with the current alignment of the A46 being used as the connecting road between the Winthorpe junction and the Friendly Farmer roundabout and the new bypass would run to the west of the Interchange site with the two being connected at the Winthorpe junction.
The consultation ran from 9 December 2020 until 2 February 2021 with a decision expected in late 2021.
|start of road||Services on the A17||Sleaford (17 miles)|
|Thrussington (A46 northbound, 28 miles)|
Leicester (33 miles)
|Services on the A46||Thorpe on the Hill (9 miles)|
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