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Durham services


A1(M) at J61
(also accessible to traffic on the A177, A688 and B6291)

Signposted from the road.



map and directions


Single site located at a junction.

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Durham is one of Roadchef's smaller services, located on what was a quiet corner of the motorway network, but is now becoming a busy development zone.


Catering: Costa Coffee, McDonald's Drive Thru, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Amenities: Super 8 Hotel, Jackpot £500, Showers Outdoor Space: Small grass area around hotel; Picnic Tables, public footpath connections Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine

Roadchef also operates a Costa Drive Thru further down the A688 at Integra61 business park.

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £28, or £31 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2037.

The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Road Chef
Tursdale Road

Trivia and History

Durham 2003.jpg
Part of the foyer in 2003.

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Services opened 1994

See also: A1(M) Planning Applications

The service area opened on 23 August 1994. It was one of the first service areas to be developed privately, and had been put forward by Fina, who sold most of the land to Roadchef. Fina continued to run the petrol station - their first on a motorway - until they became Total. It then later changed to Shell.

Although the service area was built like most Roadchefs at the time, it was designed on a smaller scale as it was only intended to be a cheap development that filled a gap in provision on the A1(M). That gap was first highlighted in the 1960s, and various online services were proposed then and since.

It was the first service area to get a Wimpy, which was Roadchef's first High Street brand. This was placed at the far back of the small central area which the service area is built around.

Roadchef's first McDonald's Drive Thru, attached to the main building, opened in November 2019. Roadchef later opened a Costa Drive Thru in December 2020, located at Integra61, half a mile down the A688 at the next roundabout.

The Integra61 development meant that the right turn out of the main Durham services was banned, so traffic leaving the service area has to head down to the Integra61 roundabout anyway.

Northern Powergrid is planning to increase the electricity capacity at Durham, in preparation for the site to become a electric vehicle charging hub. The site is set to gain twelve Tesla Superchargers and twelve GRIDSERVE chargers underneath a large solar canopy, a first for a motorway service area.

The Days Inn hotel closed on 4 February 2024, becoming the UK's second Super 8 by Wyndham hotel, following the successful launch at Chester. It reopened on 23 May 2024.


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