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Aberford services

Aberford
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Road:A1 between Aberford and Wetherby
Address:Great North Road
Aberford
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS25 3AU
Opened:1970s
Grid reference:SE433390 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them

A series of facilities have existed on the A1 at Aberford, at the Roman Ridge junction between Bramham Crossroads and the Aberford Bypass.

In 1965, a forecourt was built on the northbound side called Northways, opposite the Nuthill farm. This became Nuthill self serve. In the late 1970s, the Aberford Little Chef was built on the southbound side opposite, next to the Nut Hill cottages. Some maps suggest it was originally a Roadchef, but by 1979 it was definitely with Little Chef.

In 1974, a vacant premises on the northbound side was definitely taken over by Roadchef to become their restaurant, which they called Nuthill. This was sold to Little Chef in 1979. The forecourt was branded Shell at this stage.

Threatened by the upgrade to the A1, the Aberford branch closed on 4 August 1996, with Little Chef calling it "our old friend". It is now buried under the new A1(M). The southbound side closed shortly after, and the building survives as an industrial office.

Several possible services have since been investigated in this area. In April 2019, Roadchef looked at returning to the region, with a proposed service area at A1(M) J42.