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Tibshelf services


M1 between J28 and J29

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

DE55 5TZ

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Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.

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The newest services on the M1, although that's not saying much, Tibshelf attempts a slightly twee style.


Catering: Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru Shops: WHSmith, Blue Cherry Mobile Accesories (northbound only), Spar (northbound only), Fone Bitz (southbound only) Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Game On, Jackpot £500, Meeting Room, Showers, UK Truck Clean Truck Washwebsite (northbound only) Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £25.50, or £27.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5254 (northbound) and 5255 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.

Contact Details

Newton Wood Lane
DE55 5TZ

  • Telephone number: 01773 876600
  • Grid reference: SK448603

Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Tibshelf hallway.jpg
The long corridor within the services.

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Site identified 1960
Services opened 1998

Inside the services are a series of promotional flags which still use the old (late-1990s) Roadchef logo.

Tibshelf used to proudly boast that "no other service station offers you such flexibility and choice". No-one knows exactly what they meant or where this extra choice was.

The northbound side underwent major refurbishment works in February 2015. The southbound side is due to follow, gaining a Spar store in the process.


The services were planned to be a few hundred yards further up the M1: on the other side of the footbridge you can see ghost slips and land shaped for a normal straight four-sliproad service area. This was built with the M1, which had additional sites for services identified and held in reverse.

In the 1990s, the government were no longer responsible for identifying the sites of new services, but several developers took an interest in it. Firstly, in 1995, Welcome Break worked on new plans for a service area here. They had to hold back as the Highways Agency were considering dropping plans to widen and realign the M1 which would have affected the position of the services.

After this, a company calling themselves 'South East Oil Co.' (probably acting on behalf of a larger operator) were granted planning permission for a service area here. They would have had a small, L-shaped amenity building with a tall, glass roofed atrium in the corner of the L. They called it 'Sherwood Parc services'. Their plans had a lodge, shop, fast food unit and toilets and restaurant seating at each end.

This didn't happen, and Roadchef and Extra showed an interest and eventually pushed through with a revised plan to become operator and forecourt operator respectively.

All of these plans spilled over into surrounding fields, meaning the original slip roads remained unused.


Trowell (15 miles)
Alfreton (A38 south, 6 miles)
Services on the M1 Woodall (13 miles)
Watford Gap (67 miles) Roadchef services none nearby

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