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Aberford services

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Road:A1 between Aberford and Wetherby
Address:Great North Road
West Yorkshire
LS25 3AU
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.

A forecourt was built on the northbound side called Northways in 1965, opposite the Nuthill farm. This became Nuthill self serve. A vacant premises next door was turned into one of the UK's first Roadchef restaurants in September 1973. Roadchef signed a 14-year lease on the site, and committed to opening a shop and tourist information centre by 1975. The forecourt was branded Shell at this stage, and it was signposted as an official service station.

Roadchef then expanded their development to include a restaurant on the southbound side, built next to the Nut Hill cottages. The two restaurants were promoted as a pair, known as 'Aberford services'.

The two Roadchefs were sold to Little Chef in 1979, becoming the 'Nuthill' and 'Aberford' branches.

Threatened by the upgrade to the A1, the northbound Little Chef 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 service areas have since been investigated in this area. In April 2019, Roadchef looked at returning to the region, with a proposed facility at A1(M) J42.

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