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Newport Pagnell services

Newport Pagnell
Welcome Break
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Road:M1 between J14 and J15

Address:Granada Services
Newport Pagnell Motorway Services Area
Newport Pagnell
MK16 8DS
Telephone number:01908 217722
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SP858435 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.
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Still using a building built in 1960 albeit carrying a lot of refurbishments, Newport Pagnell achieves a lot with the little space available.


Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming, Changing Places (northbound only), Tesla Supercharger (southbound only) Motel: Ramadabook Forecourt: Shell, Texaco, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Top!Blue AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £27, or £29 to include a £10 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia and Details

Old restaurant at Newport Pagnell
The Grill & Griddle restaurant in 1960.

Full details: History:Newport Pagnell

The UK's oldest service area was once a sight to behold. Full details are provided on the history page.

The first motorway WHSmith was trialled here before being rolled out to almost every service station in the country. In April 2013, Burger King returned to the services, having previously been removed to save space.

In The Smiths' song 'Is It Really So Strange?', one of the lines is "I lost my bag at Newport Pagnell", referring to the services.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 95% satisfaction score for the northbound services and 89% for the southbound services.

In 2015 and May 2012, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars. In August 2011, they gave the northbound services as 2 stars and the southbound side 3 stars.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, Newport Pagnell northbound won a five star loo award. The southbound side won a four star one.

In 2006, both sides of Newport Pagnell won a four star loo award.

Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services at 2/5.

It was here in 2000 that Egon Ronay made the infamous breakfast review "it's called 'all day' because it tastes as if it had been hanging around all day".

Also in 2000, The AA rated the services as "acceptable".

In 1991, a Which? survey recommended the services.

A 1978 government review described the services as "crowded and grubby".

In 1977 Egon Ronay rated the services as "just acceptable", saying it looked worn and made heavy use of pre-cooked food.

In 1961 Egon Ronay was full of praise for Newport Pagnell, telling motorists they could "stop with confidence". This favourable opinion did not last long.


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