A truckstop and service area development on the newest length of the A1(M), although signposts will push you towards the more distant Leeming Bar rest area.
Catering: Diner 51 Amenities: LPW Truck Wash, Showers Outdoor Space: Grass space next to site entrance; public footpath connections Charging Points: NomadPower Forecourt: Shell, Londis, Subway, Costa Express, f’real Milkshakes, Rollover, Tango Ice Blast
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs must pay £23, or £25 to include a £5 meal voucher.
Prices are paid in the shop, and can be paid with GBP, EUR, fuel cards or SNAP.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
A1, Junction 51
Trivia and History
As of 2019 Ordnance Survey maps now mark Coneygarth the same as they mark any regular motorway service area. Some scales give it the same status as the official rest area at Leeming Bar, while others show Leeming Bar as merely a 'motel'.
Although Coneygarth isn't signed from the A1(M), there are already signs telling traffic to leave for Leeming Bar. At the roundabout, signs have been placed to direct traffic to the truckstop, saving the long detour down to Leeming.
Exelby Services' headquarters are also located at the site.
One of the world's first HGV hydrogen filling stations will be provided here by Element 2. Hydrogen-powered HGVs aren't currently used in the UK, but the truckstop is putting the infrastructure in place so that they could be.
When the new A1(M) was being planned to replace the A1 between Dishforth and Barton, it was clear the road was going to go from having many online services to having none.
This led to a long-running planning debate, which came to a head with a public inquiry that ran until 2012. Exelby Services, which used to run a truckstop near Londonderry, were planning to move to a large truckstop at Fairfield Farm.
The inquiry concluded that Leeming Bar should be the main motorway service area, but that there was also a need for a truckstop, and Coneygarth could become one. It did not enter into a signing agreement to be signed from the new road, with the Highways Agency giving preference to Leeming Bar, but some signs have now been placed at the junction.
Although the proposed truckstop was being weighed up against official service areas, throughout the process Exelby were clear that they had no plans for the new truckstop to be signed from the new motorway. There are still no signs on the main A1(M), but some have been placed on the slip roads.
Opening and Developments
The filling station officially opened on 7 November 2014, accompanied by a Mace branded store. A Subway outlet opened three weeks later.
The café was originally due to open in early 2015. 'Diner 51' eventually opened on 9 January 2017.
The store changed to Londis in late 2018, as part of Exelby's new partnership with the brand. An additional 45 parking spaces were added to the north of the filling station in October 2020 in a new overflow parking area.
Exelby positioned a Red Arrow in the site in July 2023, as artwork representing nearby RAF Leeming. The decommissioned BAE Hawk T1A XX306 was sold after being the gate guardian at RAF Scampton. It is currently displayed in the orchard but is set to be mounted closer to the entrance later in the year.
Exelby are also seeking to build a gym next to the shop, along with adding additional car parking spaces and electric car charging points to the site.
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