Mile End services
This is the large development by the Oswestry Bypass. For the forecourt by the canal, see Gledrid.
A large service area on the edge of Oswestry, where the A5 was recently realigned.
Catering: Burger King Amenities: Travelodge Outdoor Space: Unkempt grass around hotel and main complex Charging Points: Fuuse 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Esso, ASDA Express, Greggs, Subway, Starbucks on the Go, Car Wash, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles.
No overnight parking is available.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and History
The Oswestry Bypass opened in December 1986. Before it was finished, Esso had already proposed a service area the previous year, which would have had a tourist information centre, restaurant, filling station, shops, hotel, caravan park and parking areas.
The service area opened in 1987 with most of those facilities. The hotel was branded Little Chef Lodge and the restaurant was the Oswestry branch of Little Chef. The tourist information centre was built with a spire making it look like a typical supermarket of the time. The hotel soon changed to the main Travelodge brand.
The restaurant went onto gain a Burger King in the 1990s and in 2001 became a Little Chef Choices, which saw it gain a Harry Ramsden's, Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza. Those were later removed, but Coffee Tempo! was added.
The forecourt previously included Esso's Snack & Shop branding. In early 2009, the filling station site was redeveloped with Esso reopening the site in spring 2009 with the new sales building featuring their On the Run café and Costa Coffee offering.
Euro Garages acquired the forecourt in 2014. They added a Subway store to the sales building replacing the On the Run café. Euro Garages extended the sales building in 2016, adding a Greggs store to the forecourt.
The tourist information centre closed on 16 July 2016, after funding was withdrawn by the local authority. The building now sits empty in the middle of the site.
A large 'Mile End Services' totem pole had been positioned at the entrance, advertising the brands available on site. The Little Chef and its Burger King were acquired by Euro Garages in 2017, meaning they now operated all the facilities except the hotel. As a result of this, Euro Garages replaced the 30-year old totem pole with their own, with their prominent green 'EG' lettering at the top. EG sometimes call it their 'Oswestry' branch.
Euro Garages only had limited use of the Little Chef brand. It had been expected that they would replace it with a Starbucks, but Starbucks wouldn't have wanted to share the building with the Burger King. As a result, the Little Chef ran out of time and had to be changed to the temporary name EG Diner. The EG Diner closed on the 28 October 2018, and was left empty.
EG Group intended to majorly redevelop the site, but no progress has been made since the A5 was realigned away from the Mile End Roundabout. Instead, the forecourt closed on 19 March 2023 for three weeks for a major refurbishment, reopening on 11 April with a new ASDA On the Move store along with refurbished Greggs and Subway concessions. The electric vehicle charger was also later replaced in late 2023.
The filling station has since transferred to the Asda estate, relaunching on 13 February 2024 with a new Asda Express store.
Euro Garages' first presence at Mile End was the opening of a KFC Drive Thru and Starbucks Drive Thru in May 2013. This wasn't part of any official service area, and competed with the main facilities. Their development was joined by the Oswestry branch of OK Diner, which was moved here from Stourbridge, in 2017.
J Ross Developments planned a mixed-use development on the land to the south-west side of the Mile End Roundabout in 2016, with provision for several units.
With the A5 being realigned away from the original roundabout, there is further potential for this area to expand with new developments in future.
|Nesscliffe (7 miles)
|Services on the A5
|Gledrid (5 miles)