A11 at Thetford
Signposted from the road.
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Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
A spacious site in Thetford Forest.
Outdoor Space: Grass verges only
Forecourt: on both sides: BP, Costa Express
plus westbound only: Londis, Greggs, f'real Milkshakes, Stone Willy's Kitchen, Tango Ice Blast
and eastbound only: Budgens
Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles on both sides.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Smart Fuel Ltd
A11 Thetford By Pass
- 🗺 Grid reference: TL855840
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Trivia and History
When the Thetford Bypass opened in 1987, space was left for a new facility near Abbey Heath - westbound being the larger of the two. Two online sites were reserved despite there being two roundabouts nearby.
Despite only holding a petrol station, both sites were built far back from the road to create a pleasant environment, with a large HGV parking area on each side. The westbound side is particularly large and includes a private access road to Thetford Sewage Treatment Works and some-sort of disused compound.
When they opened, both forecourts were branded Pace, which became Texaco in the early 2000s. Pace Petroleum became part of MRH and in 2013 both sites were acquired under the brand. MRH planned to add a Burger King Drive Thru to each site, but this didn't happen.
The westbound filling station was demolished in May 2017 and reopened with a new Hursts Grab & Go store alongside a Greggs store and Stone Willy's Kitchen. The eastbound filling station received similar treatment in early 2018 with the shop re-branding to Budgens. The westbound Hursts store was later replaced with Londis in 2020.
Planning permission for a Costa Drive Thru on the westbound site was granted by Breckland Council in August 2019 although following the merger of MRH with MFG it is expected that this will become a Starbucks if built as this is a more favourable coffee shop brand for MFG. A planning application was later submitted in May 2020 to build a Starbucks Drive Thru on the eastbound side.
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