A story of two services: officially it's the site next to the roundabout which forms the main service area.
COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks Hotel: Travelodge Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.
Parking within the McDonald's car park is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by MET Parking.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
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Trivia and History
In 1986, planning permission for two Margram service areas here were granted. Both sites opened in 1988 with a Mobil filling station and a Little Chef restaurant on either side with the northbound side also including a 32-bed Travelodge hotel. Both the service areas were positioned at the start of the brand-new Towcester Bypass and were slightly offset, with the larger northbound one exiting onto the roundabout and the southbound one being built across the historic alignment of the A43 whilst being set back from the road to allow space for the A43 to be dualled.
In 1991, Margram planned to build a car showroom and workshop in the gap between the filling station and roundabout. This land was later used in 1996 when a McDonald's Drive Thru was built.
In 1993, the northbound Little Chef received an extension.
In 1995, the northbound filling station shop received an extension and a new jet wash was added to the site.
In 1997, both filling stations were rebranded to BP following the merger of BP and Mobil. The northbound filling station was also redeveloped in the same year and received a new forecourt, pumps, canopy, sales building and car and jet washes.
In 2000, the southbound filling station closed and the forecourt shop was converted to become offices for a local taxi firm.
Since opening, the Travelodge has received several extensions: In 1990 it gained a further 8 bedrooms and in 2001 gained a 22-bed two-storey annexe was built to the rear of the existing hotel.
The southbound Little Chef closed in 2005 and became a branch of local restaurant chain 'Buddies USA Diner'. At this point, all the signs calling the southbound a services were taken down and southbound approach signs now direct motorists to the northbound side by using the roundabout.
In 2008, the northbound filling station gained a M&S Simply Food store.
The northbound Little Chef closed in August 2017 and reopened that October as a Euro Garages operated Starbucks.
In January 2019, Buddies USA Diner closed and the restaurant is now up for sale.
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