Breakspear Way services
A414 Breakspear Way
Signposted from the road.
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Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
A pair of petrol stations on Breakspear Way, between Hemel Hempstead and the M1, have been recognised by the highway authority and given official road signs.
Outdoor Space: Grass verge only
Charging Points: westbound only: bp pulse 7kW Type 2 (located within Holiday Inn car park)
Forecourt: westbound only: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Free Cash Machine
and eastbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars on both sides. No HGV parking is available on either side.
Parking within the bp filling station is limited to 30 minutes maximum stay from entry to exit and is strictly enforced by bp themselves.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
- 🗺 Grid reference: TL086075
- 📌 what3words: ///winks.twin.having
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Trivia and History
The petrol stations were previously known as Hemel North Services or City Station - the latter name is odd considering Hemel isn't a city and this isn't a station. A Holiday Inn is also positioned next to the westbound petrol station, but it isn't strictly part of the service area.
When Breakspear Way became a dual carriageway in the 1960s, a pair of petrol stations were built at the Buncefield Lane junction. A Forte Post House Hotel was built next to the westbound side, which is now the Holiday Inn.
The land next to the westbound petrol station was later bought by BP and used to build BP House, one of their main offices. It is no longer used by them and has been redeveloped as Breakspear Park.
The local authority renewed the road signs in 2021, confirming that this is a very rare example of a non-primary service area.
Unrelated to these petrol stations, in the early 1960s there was a plan for a hotel next to the motorway maintenance compound, which was rejected. The site was then investigated as a potential motorway service area for the M1, as an alternative to building Toddington. That plan was dropped because the government didn't want to be accused of double standards over the hotel rejection.
Shell hold planning permission to install four Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging points on their forecourt.
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