These days the A5 is heavily built-up as it skirts the edge of Hinckley, but Dodwells service station is one of the original facilities that's still hanging on.
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.
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Trivia and Design
Dodwells is arguably the southbound partner to Hinckley, which is positioned a mile to the south and signed for northbound traffic. Both forecourts are accessible to traffic on both sides of the road. Thanks to a very strange post code boundary, the two both have the exact same post code.
Two properties are accessed from the service area. There is also a footpath joining it to a nearby supermarket.
Dodwells Garage dates back to at least the early 1920s when the site sold fuel alongside housing a tent showroom and clothing store. The site later became a car sales showroom and garage like many others, with the site gaining an Esso-branded forecourt in 1986.
By 1998, the site was owned by Freeway Petroleum Ltd, who were operating the site on a lease from the Dodwell family under the BP brand. The site received a major redevelopment and reopened in late August 1999, with new pumps, canopy and forecourt shop all being added. The original proposals also included a car wash for the site, but comments from local residents caused Freeway to amend their plans.
Applegreen added a Greggs store to the site in 2022, which opened on 3 November. The store is situated in its own modular building at the back of the forecourt and was built in just eight weeks.
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|Services on the A5
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