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Woodall services


M1 between J30 and J31

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

S26 7XR

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Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.

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Complete with a wide variety of fast food (with different facilities on each side), Woodall is an old service station on the outskirts of Sheffield that has been brightened up several times by Welcome Break.


Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, McDonald's, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru (northbound only) Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Game Zone, Showers, Tesla Supercharger (southbound only) Motel: Days Innbook (southbound only) Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, The Deli, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Rollover, Yorkshire Tea, Top!Blue AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £29 (or £31 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Contact Details

Woodall Services
Woodall Motorway Services Area
South Yorkshire
S26 7XR

  • Telephone number: 0114 248 6434
  • Grid reference: SK479800

Trivia and History

Woodall KFC north.jpg
Refurbishment to the northbound services removed some of the partitions.

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Opened by Fortes 1969
Re-branded Trusthouse Forte 1970
Re-branded Motor Chef 1974
Re-branded Welcome Break 1988

The larger southbound side is set around its food court, whereas northbound has the seating area set in the side of the building.

In the past this website used to describe the bridge between the two buildings, which is something quite temporary made permanent, as "nasty". We were later told by a panel of experts that this was wrong, and that the correct description was "apocalyptic". The bridge, which is draughty and leaks, and for a long time did not connect to the building, has now been reconnected to WHSmith.

This is currently the only service station with Burger King, KFC and McDonald's all shared in one, interconnected site.


Three possible sites were examined before the services were built: Killamash, Wales and Woodall. The main concern was the proximity to Sprotbrough. Forte wanted to build a hotel here from the outset, but were asked to back down as plans to widen the M1 meant the services could have had to be demolished and the Department did not want to allow the value to increase.

Originally the restaurant had orange settees with a brown, Scandinavian-style strip-wood ceiling. A screen sectioned off an area for lorry drivers. The buildings were relatively long and thin, with most of the subsequent extensions adding to the front.

The large rounded part of the southbound building was used by Little Chef from the early 1980s.


Tibshelf (15 miles)
Alfreton (A38 south, 19 miles)
Services on the M1 Woolley Edge (27 miles)
Doncaster (North) (M18, 26 miles)
Carcroft (A1 northbound, 22 miles)
Barnsdale Bar (A1 north, 25 miles)
Leicester Forest East (53 miles)
Derby South (A50, 39 miles)
Welcome Break services none on M1
Hartshead Moor (M62 west, 46 miles)

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