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Road: A1(M) between J36 and J37
Location: Sprotbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Date planned: 1960s
Grid reference: SE546028 (SABRE Maps)

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Sprotbrough services would have been a service area on the A1(M) Doncaster Bypass. The design of it is limited by the fact it first served as a temporary diversion for the nearby Melton Road while the motorway bridge was being constructed.

The potential site of the services was used as a reference point from which the next planned services south were measured. The aim was to build only every other service area, so Sprotbrough would come into use as soon as it was required.

Although this section of the A1(M) was built to link with the M18 and the M1, the A1(M) itself was actually too short to warrant construction of a service area. This, combined with the existing services on the A1 at Barnsdale Bar and Blyth, meant Sprotbrough was pushed far down the priorities list. Nothing was going to be built here at all, but the A1(M) needed a maintenance depot, so it was decided to use Sprotbrough for that until the services were needed. That's still the case today.

In 1971 the local authority wanted to use the site of the services as a car park. This was refused, but it was confirmed the services would not be built any time soon.

Today the site is used as a works unit for storing materials and maintenance vehicles. There is an operational 'secret exit' connecting with Melton Road.


Barnsdale Bar services is of a similar age, if not older than these services, and is situated only 8 miles to the north. For a while there weren't any services for miles to the south, but now Moto's Blyth services is 11 miles to the south. Woodall on the M1 is 17 miles away.