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Nacton Heath services

Nacton Heath
Nacton Heath services
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Road:A14 eastbound between J57 and J58
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Address:A14 Eastbound
IP10 0DD
Grid reference:TM213412 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the road

Some time after the A45 Ipswich Southern Bypass opened, an exit was added between J57 and J58 for a future development at Purdis Farm.

In 1988 Shepherd And Dog Piggeries, whose land it was, proposed building a service area here, having remarked that farming was no longer profitable. This opened in around 1994 as a Mobil forecourt and an adjacent McDonald's restaurant, known as Nacton Heath services. It is not clear if it was ever officially signposted from the road.

The Mobil branding changed to BP, and then in 2002 BP closed the petrol station. It was demolished and turned into Orwell Crossing lorry park.

In 2005, Suffolk Coastal District Council issued an enforcement notice against the lorry park, arguing that it was not authorised to sell food to car drivers. Their position appeared to be that the slip roads in and out of the lorry park were not safe and the number of vehicles using them had to be kept low, even though the adjacent McDonald's was continuing to trade with a drive thru that only catered for cars.

The McDonald's did close in 2006 and was abandoned up until 2015. The former building is now used by Collease Truck and Trailer Rentals, and was extended in 2016.

The Highways Agency provided no road signs for the lorry park, for fear of overloading the slip road, leaving it as an unusual example of an exit with absolutely no information provided at all.

The lorry park and its restaurant continue to trade, but it's reported that they will be closing in 2021, with the land being sold. It will now be used as warehouses and to provide access to Shepherd And Dog Piggeries.