A wildly-growing retail park at the Wynard Park junction.
County Durham TS22 5PZ
- Grid reference: NZ448261
Trivia and History
The site of the service area was identified in 1991 by Fairhurst land developers. The first drawings showed the entry roundabout further east than it is now, with a lodge in the south-west corner, with a shop in the north-west corner and a picnic area in the north-east corner. The car park was in the middle with lorry parking at the north end, and the petrol station is roughly in the same place. The 'missing' A19 southbound sliproad was provided as part of the project.
What was actually built became a free-for-all retail area. A McDonald's was built in one corner, and then in 2000 the Billingham branch of Little Chef was built in the centre, next to a small garden. This was one of their last sites to open, but it was demolished in 2005 and replaced by KFC, with the garden becoming car parking.
The Premier Inn was previously a Holiday Inn Express. This was extended several times.
More recently, a Costa drive thru was built in one of the only remaining grass areas at the very edge of the site.
|Elwick (2 miles)||Services on the A19||Ingleby Arncliffe (17 miles)|
|none||Services on the A689||Sedgefield (6 miles)|