Bilbrough Top services
The more fortunate of the two Bilbrough service areas, Bilbrough Top has become the main site, with access available in all directions.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru Amenities: Premier Inn Outdoor Space: Grass verge is largest by Starbucks car park; public footpath connections Charging Points: InstaVolt 120kW CCS & 100kW CHAdeMO; MFG EV Power 150kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO Forecourt: BP, Londis, Calippo Slush, Costa Express, Dunkin' Donuts, Rollover, LPG (FloGas), Jet Wash
Short stay customer parking is provided for cars in all car parks, with the exception of the Premier Inn car park where charges apply. HGVs are not accommodated outside of the fuel lanes, and a no stopping restriction is strictly enforced by UKCPS Ltd on all access roads.
Parking within the McDonald's is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by UK Parking Control whilst parking in the Starbucks car park is limited to 2 hours maximum stay and is strictly enforced by Civil Enforcement Ltd.
Parking within the Premier Inn car park is free for hotel guests and guests are required to provide their vehicle registration number to reception in order to receive this. Chargeable parking is also available from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week at £2 for up to 2 hours, £4 for up to 4 hours or £5 for up to 10 hours.
Prices can be paid using the Horizon Spaces app using location code 5002. These restrictions are strictly enforced by Horizon Parking.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and History
To understand how fortunate Bilbrough Top is, you need to look at how it started.
Development started with Happy Eater building their York branch directly off the westbound carriageway of the A64. In 1988, Scarborough Property Company began developing the land to the west of here. These new facilities would be accessed from a new turning at Redhill Field Lane, creating a crossroads that would soon become notorious.
Scarborough's Q8 filling station, McDonald's Drive Thru, Travel Inn and a Land Rover dealer all opened during the 1990s. The filling station rebranded to Pace in the 2000s, and the hotel to Premier Inn around the same time.
In 1993, the Happy Eater became the York West branch of Little Chef. Together with York East at Bilbrough, the two operated as a pair. When the cutbacks began, York West lost out and closed in 2004, as it didn't have a Travelodge. York East had also had to compete with having much more facilities nearby.
The new Bilbrough Top Flyover opened in February 2005. The old direct access to the Little Chef was closed and replaced by a link road running through the newer service area and through an abandoned car park. The project included routing National Cycle Network route 665 onto a new shared use cycle path on both sides of the A64, which has its own connection to the service area and signposts directing cyclists to it. This means that Bilbrough Top can boast that it's not just a trunk road service area, but a cycleway one too.
The new flyover created a new era for the facilities here, as they were now much safer to access, especially when travelling east. The new link road includes a number of unused farm accesses, suggesting there is an aspiration to develop more of the land here.
The old Little Chef became Triton's Fish & Chips in 2009, followed by Scott's Fish & Chips in 2014, which closed in 2020. 23.5 Degrees converted this building into a Starbucks Drive Thru, with the store opening on 25 June 2021 following a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The car park also gained two InstaVolt electric vehicle charging points.
The forecourt was acquired by Malthurst (later MRH) in 2004, who switched the fuels and store to BP and SPAR shortly after. The store changed again, becoming MRH's brand, Hursts, in 2013. MRH had ambitions of rebuilding the whole site with a new forecourt and enlarged store in 2018, but that was refused planning permission. Instead their successor MFG carried out a more modest refurbishment of the petrol station in 2021, with an extension of the existing shop, swallowing up the car wash behind it and now offering Londis.
McDonald's added a second set of InstaVolt electric vehicle chargers here in Autumn 2022.
A third set of electric vehicle chargers were then added to the forecourt here in August 2023, under the MFG EV Power brand.
|Bilbrough (eastbound, ¾ mile)|
Wetherby (A1(M) north, 15 miles)
Ferrybridge (A1(M) south, 20 miles)
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