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Rugby Truckstop


A5 at Rugby
(near M1 J18)

Signposted from the road? From A5 only


CV23 0AE

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Single site located at the side of the road.


The truckstop at Rugby now offers parking for Stobart and Culina trucks only, but it still has a large car park, meaning it continues to act as a service area for the A5.


Catering: Restaurant, Bar Amenities: Free Cash Machine, Games Arcade, Launderette, Showers Outdoor Space: Small grass area next to car park Forecourt: Fuel, LPG

Parking Prices

Free parking is available for cars only, with a 2 hour maximum stay enforced.

HGV parking is provided for Stobart and Culina trucks only.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Stobart Truck Stops Ltd
Watling Street
Clifton upon Dunsmore
CV23 0AE

Trivia and History

A forecourt canopy roof, with a number of HGVs stopped under it. The end section is marked "Eddie Stobart only".
The fuel filling station.

The site started out life as a transport café which dates back to at least the 1970s. Back then, the site was home to the Rendezvous Café, better known as 'Tubby's', which provided overnight parking for truck drivers. Throughout the 1980s, the owners of the café intended to add a hotel and fuelling facilities to the site to increase their custom however by the mid-1980s the café had closed.

Lakeland Investments sold the truckstop to BP in January 1988, along with a sister site at Penrith. BP developed both sites to create 'BP Truckstops' in 1989. The site includes an amenity building in the centre of the site, with HGV parking to the north and fuelling facilities to the south.

BP later sold the site to Nightowl in 2001, who were later acquired themselves by the Stobart Group in 2013. Stobart have since built a new transport depot on previously unused land to the south of the truckstop, with access to the depot provided through the truckstop.

Closure and Future

On 1 February 2023, the HGV parking area became available to Stobart and Culina trucks only as part of the company’s continued expansion here.

Half of the former parking area has since been used to build new offices for Stobart, whilst the shop inside the amenity building closed and became a temporary transport office. The barber shop has also closed.

Stobart continue to keep the cafe open to the public, but with parking only available for cars now it is unknown how long this will last.

Official Status

When the truckstop was built, there was no official status for truckstops, so it was decided to place "Services" signs on its approaches from the A5. Additional signs were placed on the M1 J18 slip roads.

This policy remained even when some of those signs were replaced in around 2007, even though signing for "truckstops" is now allowed. New roundabouts have been placed on the A5 which means that the continuity signage now has gaps in it.

When the truckstop decided to stop serving all truck drivers in 2023, it can no longer qualify as a truckstop according to the official policy. However, as it continues to offer short-stay car parking, the "Services" signs are now appropriate, although ironically enough it should probably have an appendage to say that no HGV parking is available.


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