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Scotch Corner rest area


A1(M) at J53, Scotch Corner Interchange
(also accessible to traffic on the A66 and the A6108)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

DL10 6PQ

map and directions


Single site located at a junction.


Scotch Corner is a small service area on the eastern side of the junction of the new A1(M) and the A66.

There is no parking for HGVs at the services, but there is a separate HGV lay-by accessible at the same junction, again not part of the services. Barton Lorry Park is slightly further north too.

The A1(M)'s junction numbering was changed recently. Scotch Corner used to be A1 J55, and is now A1(M) J53.


Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Lucky Coin Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, Subway

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free, after which cars must pay £15. There is no HGV parking available.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2459.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details[edit]

Moto Services
Scotch Corner Pavilion
Middleton Tyas
North Yorkshire
DL10 6PQ

  • Telephone number: 01325 377726
  • Grid reference: NZ216054

Trivia and Design[edit]

Scotch Corner foyer from entrance.jpg
The extended lobby area.

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Opened by Top Rank 1980
Sold to Pavilion 1992
Sold to Granada 1997
Re-branded Moto 2001
A1 becomes motorway; site becomes rest area 2017

The petrol station on the site was never run by Moto and was sold by Esso to Euro Garages in 2013. Euro Garages retain Esso as their fuel supplier but have added a Spar store, Starbucks on the Go machine and in 2015 opened a Subway concession.

This was the last service area to open without disabled toilets, as recently as 1980.

On the western side of the junction is an older hotel not part of the services, historically known as the Scotch Corner Hotel but now Holiday Inn Darlingtonwebsite.

Tesla Superchargers are due to be installed here soon.


Scotch Corner has been an important road junction since before the motor era. It is one of the few coaching destinations to be a primary route destination in its own right, even though it has no population and is home to only this service area on the eastern side of the junction, and the Scotch Corner Hotel on the western side.

Motorway Upgrade[edit]

In the 1990s and early 2000s the site had an uncertain future while plans to upgrade the A1 to motorway were discussed. Although it was unlikely to be in the way, the site is smaller than many motorway service areas and it may have been the case that Scotch Corner was rejected in favour of a more flexible location elsewhere.

In the event, Moto chose to gradually refurbish the existing site, extending to the front of the existing building to add M&S Simply Food and Greggs, and directing most vehicles to the larger car park outside the Travelodge, previously reserved for hotel customers and caravans, with the old car park close to the entrance being treated as an overflow facility.

Construction of the new A1(M) was expected to be completed in 2017, with Scotch Corner signed as a "rest area". Moto appear to be maintaining their reserve site at Barton Park to provide the facilities for HGV drivers Scotch Corner lacks.


Leeming Bar (11 miles) Services on the A1(M) Durham (27 miles)
Barton Park Truckstop (2 miles)
Tebay (M6 north, 44 miles)
Sedbury Lay-by (1 mile)
Services on the A66 end of road
Leeming Bar (11 miles)
Southwaite (M6 north, 61 miles)
Moto services Washington (34 miles)
Barton Park Truckstop (2 miles)

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