A brand new truckstop on the A14, which fully opened at the end of April 2019. To help security it is designed with a river dividing the lorry parking into three.
A small number of parking spaces are provided for cars, intended for staff, the idea being that cars would use the existing services at Rothwell Lodge.
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £25 (or £28 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 History
Full details: A14 Planning Applications
The A14 has been a major freight route since it opened, with concerns raised about the lack of facilities along it. Over time many major operators have been attracted to it, including Extra's facility at Cambridge and Applegreen's at Spaldwick, with Moto soon opening one nearby at Rugby.
Planning permission for Rothwell Truckstop was first sought in 2010, by Rothwell Land Ltd. This was rejected on environmental grounds. A second plan was made in 2014, which was approved and construction started in 2018. The truckstop is 16.9 acres in size, the amenity building 908sqm (9774sqft) and there are 221 HGV parking bays.
Kettering Borough Council purchased the land in 2016, in what they called "a long-term strategic land holding". In July 2018 the construction site was put up for sale, with the landowner suggesting they had already received several enquiries.
Welcome Break operated the site during Spring 2019, with the parking area, The Kitchen (Welcome Break's latest and only self-branded restaurant) and showers opening on 29 March 2019. More facilities then opened on 29 April 2019 including a forecourt, bar, coffee lounge, gaming area, gym, launderette and shop.
The forecourt canopy is painted black and branded "Welcome Break Truckstop". It is the first Welcome Break forecourt to open with their name on the canopy, but it's also the first to open since Applegreen took over. By no coincidence, the forecourt advertises that it accepts Applegreen's fuel cards.
There is a plan to build a hotel to the north of the site, which is being advertised as a "well-being centre".
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