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Rothwell Truckstop


A14 at J3
(also accessible to traffic on the A6)

Signposted from the road.


NN14 6AA

map and directions


Single site located at a junction.


A new truckstop on the A14, which fully opened at the end of April 2019. To help security it is designed with a river dividing the lorry parking into three.

A small number of parking spaces are provided for cars, which are intended for staff, the idea being that cars would use the existing services at Rothwell Lodge.


Catering: Bar, The Kitchen, Starbucks on the Go Amenities: Game Zone, Gym, Lounge, Revolution Laundry, Showers Shops: Shop Outdoor Space: Small grass area in front of building Forecourt: Welcome Break

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £28 (or £31 to include a £12 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid using pay machines in the amenity building or using PayByPhone, with instructions in each parking area. The location code is 801990.

The fees are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Kettering Road
NN14 6AA

Trivia and History

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Inside the shop.

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Truckstop opened. 2019

See also: A14 Planning Applications

The A14 has been a major freight route since it opened, with concerns raised about the lack of facilities along it. Over time many major operators have been attracted to it, including Extra's facility at Cambridge, Applegreen's at Spaldwick and Moto's new offer, nearby at Rugby.

Planning permission for Rothwell Truckstop was first sought in 2010, by Rothwell Land Ltd. This was rejected on environmental grounds. A second plan was made in 2014, which was approved and construction started in 2018. The truckstop is 16.9 acres in size, the amenity building 908sqm (9774sqft) and there are 221 HGV parking bays.

Kettering Borough Council purchased the land in 2016, in what they called "a long-term strategic land holding". In July 2018 the construction site was put up for sale, with the landowner suggesting they had already received several enquiries.

Welcome Break opened the site during Spring 2019, with the parking area, The Kitchen (Welcome Break's latest and only self-branded restaurant) and showers opening on 29 March 2019. More facilities then opened on 29 April 2019 including a forecourt, bar, coffee lounge, gaming area, gym, launderette and shop.

The forecourt canopy is painted black and branded "Welcome Break Truckstop". It was the first Welcome Break forecourt to open with their name on the canopy, but it was also the first to open since Applegreen took over. By no coincidence, the forecourt advertises that it accepts Applegreen's fuel cards.

Welcome Break had also intended to add a car forecourt to the site but later chose not to due to the fuel tank capacity on site and the volume of HGV fuel that the site sells on a daily basis.

A study undertaken in January 2022 found the truckstop was already operating close to its maximum capacity. This was later confirmed in summer 2022 with Welcome Break reporting that they were exceeding capacity on most weekday evenings. To alleviate this issue, land previously allocated by the landlord for a hotel to the north of the site is now set for expansion of the parking spaces available here with 100 additional parking spaces expected to be added.


Rugby (M6, 19 miles)
Leicester Forest East (M1 north, 32 miles)
Services on the A14Rothwell (A14 eastbound, 1 mile)
Kettering (5 miles)