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Musselburgh services

Location:

A1 at the Musselburgh/City Bypass exit
A720 at the A1 roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the B6415)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

EH21 8RE

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:


Now a shadow of its former self, Musselburgh is the only official service area on the Scottish side of the A1, though it doesn't have a lot to show for it.

Most of the facilities are now closed, but there is a plan to build a much smaller replacement.

Facilities

Outdoor Space: No grass space Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Rollover

Parking Prices

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.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Service Area
Old Craighall
Musselburgh
East Lothain
EH21 8RE


Trivia and History

Musselburgh car park 1991.jpg
The entrance to the car park in 1991.

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Opened by Granada 1989
Granada branding removed 2001
Main building closed 2010
Moto involvement officially ends 2013
Main building demolished 2021

The service area was opened as Edinburgh services, a name which still persists on some maps. Meanwhile the current operator, MFG, tend to call it Monktonhall services.

It was built by Granada in 1989 to coincide with the completion of the Edinburgh City Bypass and the A1 Musselburgh Bypass. It had a Granada Shop, and Country Kitchen Restaurant, as well as a Granada Lodge.

The restaurant became Scotland's only AJ's in 1992. The shop became a Burger King, and then the AJ's changed to a Little Chef by Granada in 1996. Little Chef generally called it Musselburgh, as did Moto.

In 2001 there were plans for the Burger King to gain a drive thru, but these were dropped. There were also plans for an extension to the Travelodge building utilising some of what was the HGV parking area. This plan was accepted in 2005 but was never built.

Like Colsterworth services, most of Musselburgh was sold off by Moto in 2002 along with the Little Chef brand, although for a while they operated the restaurant remotely by franchise arrangement.

The Little Chef here closed in 2010, leaving the main amenity building completely devoid of any facilities.

The Travelodge was previously also operated by Moto, but Travelodge themselves would eventually take it over. In October 2013, MRH took over operation of the filling station and the brand changed from Esso to BP. It is now operated by MFG following the merger of the two companies, and is now the only signposted service area with a Hursts store.

The service area is still signed from the A1 and A720, but the symbols advertise just a hotel and petrol station. Travelodge then closed their hotel in early 2021, leaving just a filling station and a large, derelict area.

New Services

Work started to demolish the abandoned buildings in September 2021. There will be a new Starbucks Drive Thru, positioned on the current car park with the current car park entrance being blocked off and a new car park positioned on the site of the former amenity building. Four electric vehicle charging bays will also be positioned in the Starbucks car park.

The plans were drawn up before the hotel closed, and a new hotel entrance was due to be constructed. The hotel was instead demolished with the rest of the buildings. Under a separate ongoing planning proposal, the former service area building will now be turned into a secured HGV parking area, with the former tourist information building becoming a shower block.

Meanwhile, MFG are also planning to redevelop their forecourt. The new facility would have six pumps and eight electric vehicle charging bays, as well as a new sales building and larger circulation area.

Alternatives

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