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Weyhill services

Location:

A303 west of Andover

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

SP11 0PN

map and directions

Access/Layout:

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

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Weyhill is a signposted service area on the A303, west of Andover. After several years being closed and sealed off, it has been rebuilt and is home to a line up of regular brands.

Facilities

Catering: Starbucks Drive Thru Main Amenities: Electric Vehicle Charging Point (GeniePoint) Forecourt: BP, Spar, Greggs, Subway, Krispy Kreme (eastbound only), Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue4You

Contact Details

Address:
Weyhill
Andover
Hampshire
SP11 0PN


Trivia and History

Weyhill west forecourt.jpg
The services stood abandoned for many years.

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Opened as Happy Eater 1986
Re-branded Little Chef 1996
Fire causes serious damage 2004
Site fully abandoned 2005
Re-opened by Euro Garages 2018

Little Chef's relationship with Weyhill actually starts with the Weyhill branch on the A342, built in the late 1960s. This closed when the new A303 opened in 1986, where their sister company Happy Eater had built a two-storey restaurant and forecourt on each side of the road. In 1996 they became the Andover branches of Little Chef.

In 1990 there were plans to build a 40-bed Travelodge on the westbound side. However, in 1991 the proposal was upgraded to a 60-bed hotel, which was refused planning permission.

The petrol station had been branded 'Star'.

In 2004 there were plans to replace the Little Chefs with Burger King drive thrus.

Closure

Eastbound

The eastbound Little Chef burned down on 24 February 2004. The fire started in a light fitting and quickly took control of the whole building. Following a loss of custom the eastbound Texaco then moved out, leaving the place empty.

Westbound

In late 2005 the westbound services closed. As it was an online site, they were required to block the sliproad to stop the site being abused, and did this by putting a concrete barrier across the exit slip.

The Highways Agency argued that this was dangerous (the exit was still signposted and had all the road markings) and they insisted that the barriers were moved off their land. There is now a series of barriers further up the sliproad and all the signs have been removed

Re-opening

In 2010 the site was still there, but the eastbound Little Chef has barely survived the fire and the westbound one has since been vandalised. The Highways Agency have left the poles for the signposts in place in case the services to re-open.

In 2014, Euro Garages submitted planning applications to open a Starbucks drive thru and filling station on each side. The first set of planning applications were rejected in April 2014, but in June 2015 a revised proposal was accepted with conditions.

Work started in late 2017. The eastbound facilities opened on 5 September 2018 and the westbound facilities opened on 14 September 2018.

There had been interest in building warehouses on the old westbound site.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
The Buck (eastbound, 6 miles)
Barton Stacey (westbound, 8 miles)
Services on the A303 Solstice (10 miles)
Barton Stacey (westbound, 8 miles) Euro Garages services Countess (11 miles)

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