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Markham Vale services


M1 at J29A
(also accessible to traffic on the A6192)

Not signposted in advance.


S44 5HS

(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.


The designated Markham Employment Growth Zone saw a new motorway junction constructed, and it gave rise to an example of a new style of unofficial service area which puts brand names first.


Catering: KFC Drive Thru, Marston's Pubs (The Little Castle)website, McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru Main Amenities: Children's Play Area Charging Points: InstaVolt 100kW CCS & CHAdeMO, Osprey 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Shell, SPAR, Greggs, Subway, f'real Milkshakes, Starbucks on the Go, Tango Ice Blast, AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 for up to 24 hours and HGVs, coaches and commercial vehicles must pay £14.99, or £19.99 to include a meal voucher.

Prices are paid in the shop.

The fees are strictly enforced by Parking Eye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Euro Garages
Markham Lane
Markham Vale
S44 5HS

Trivia and History

Work on the Markham Vale Employment Growth Zonewebsite first started in 2006 with 85 hectares of land spread across 3 districts allocated for regeneration by Derbyshire County Council on the site of the former Markham Colliery. As part of the redevelopment of the area, a brand new junction on the M1 (junction 29A) was created specifically to access the new Markham Vale area. The land to the west of the new junction was set aside for a retail and leisure development and this is now home to the facilities we see here today.

Although the service area is not signed from the motorway, it is visible and advertised as a motorway facility by filling station owners Euro Garages. The trend of offering fuel and a restaurant next to a motorway junction is very American in nature, and becoming increasingly common in the UK as brands such as McDonald's become more popular and planning laws are relaxed. The Ordnance Survey now shows Markham Vale as a full motorway service station.

The site is also known as 'M1 Commerce Park', but EG Group use the more conventional name 'Markham Vale services'. They have also been known to call it 'Duckmanton services'.

Despite it not being an M1 motorway service area, the M1's variable message signs were used to warn of disruption at its forecourt during the 2021 fuel crisis, where it was even described as "Markham Vale services".

Electric forecourt developer GRIDSERVE has been looking at building a site near Markham Vale.


McDonald's was the first brand to open at the Henry Boot site, opening in late 2012.

The next development came in April 2014, when Euro Garages opened their Starbucks Drive Thru and Shell forecourt, with a SPAR store and Greggs and Subway concessions included. Marston's Pubs opened The Little Castle that December, with an opening ceremony attended by the chair of Derbyshire County Council.

Euro Garages expanded their facility to include a KFC Drive Thru in 2016.

As of February 2021, Chesterfield fish and chip restaurant owners Chesterswebsite hold planning permission to build a restaurant and drive thru here, in what would be a £1 million development for the firm. Their plans also include 2 electric vehicle charging bays.

In addition, EG Group are looking at adding 4 electric vehicle charging bays to their Starbucks car park.

In 2020, the forecourt shop rebranded to Sainsbury's On the go, however this was rebranded back to SPAR in late 2021.


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