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Leicester North services


A46 at junction with the A6

Signposted from the road.



map and directions


Single site located at a junction.


This is the former Extra service area at the A46/A6 junction. For the Welcome Break services on the M1, see Leicester Forest East. For the former services at the M1/A50 junction, see Markfield.

One of the A46's larger services, quiet Leicester hasn't got into its stride yet.


Catering: KFC Drive Thru, Deli by Shell, Costa Express Shops: Little Waitrose & Partners at Shell Select Main Amenities: Free Cash Machine Hotel: ibis budgetbook Forecourt: Shell, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £10 and HGVs, coaches and caravans must pay £14.

Prices can be paid in the shop.

Parking within the ibis budget car park is for hotel guests only and is strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Leicester North Services
Loughborough Road

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Leicester services Extra branding.jpg
Some Extra branding.

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Opened by Extra 2008
Sold to Quadrant Estates 2011

Leicester was a new style of service area. Its modern design allowed it to have a high capacity with a relatively small footprint, making it easier to build. The flexibility of its units were supposed to allow it to add a lot of choice to the fast A46: in practice, these have proven difficult to lease.

A service area was first planned at this junction in 1990, ready for the bypass to open in 1995, by Citygrove Roadside. This was refused. There were then plans to turn the land into housing, until Extra proposed the service area in 2005.

It opened on 24 June 2008. It has a twin sister - Derby & Burton at the A38/A50 interchange opened just over four weeks after Leicester and it almost identical to it. It was also sold at the same time.

In 2011, the surrounding area was developed with housing. This has open access to the service area providing hope that it may develop to also serve the local community.


It was built by Extra in a location that would allow them to expand with much less investment than their usual motorway sites. It opened with a Starbucks, KFC, Game Grid and LP4. When Extra's parent company Swayfields fell into administration, these services passed to their creditors Lloyds TSB, who subsequently sold this liability to Deutsche Postbank. They contracted their management to Quadrant Estates, who would be responsible for marketing the outlets.

When it was sold, the Extra logo on all the signs was changed to a round blue sign with the letter 'S', which was effectively a placeholder logo making a reference to 'Services'. Most of the branding is now Shell's.

The shop changed from Shell's own-branded Select to a Budgens store on 8 October 2017. This was later changed to a Little Waitrose store in late 2020.

The Starbucks was replaced by Hamiltons restaurant, which later closed and now lies empty. In 2012, the Game Grid was replaced by Quicksilver, which has also closed. A Banger Bros store opened in May 2019, replacing LP4, with their other branch being at the sister Derby site. This closed later in the year, leaving only the KFC.

Initially Extra promoted the site as purely 'Leicester services'. This caused confusion with Markfield, which Moto were promoting as 'Leicester services' at the time. As a result, this site slowly rebranded itself to 'Leicester North' (though it is still not as far north as Leicester Markfield).


none on A46
Leicester Forest East (M1 south, 7 miles)
Markfield (A50, 9 miles)
Services on the A46Thrussington (A46 northbound, 5 miles)
Newark (33 miles)