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Services which have changed names

Below is a list of services which have changed their formal name. By "formal name", we mean the name which was used on road signs or in a significant publication.

Many services were referred to in planning documents or press comments by another title. This tends to be a modern thing (as now services are being given glossy, marketable names that the local press won't acknowledge), but actually it happened to many services in the 1960s and 1970s too - even at Watford Gap!

Planning names are excluded from this list as there are so many of them, but they're included on each service area's page.

Only the major A-road services included in the database are included here. Most a-road services don't have signposted names, but each facility will go with their own name.

Services Previous Name(s)
Birch Manchester North?
Blackburn with Darwen Blackburn Interchange, Blackburn
Burton-in-Kendal Burton West
Chester Hapsford rest area
Donington Donington Park
Frankley Birmingham South?
Gretna Gretna Green
Heart of Scotland (Harthill) Harthill
Hilton Park Birmingham North?
Lancaster Forton, Lancaster (Forton)
London Gateway Scratchwood
Medway Farthing Corner
Northampton Rothersthorpe
Rivington Anderton, Bolton West
Sedgemoor (North) Brent Knoll rest area
Sedgemoor (South) Brent Knoll rest area
Severn View Aust
Tibshelf Chesterfield
Washington Washington-Birtley (Port/Virgo)