Motorway Services Online

Retrieved from ""

Thrapston services


A14 at J13
(also accessible to traffic on the A45 and A605)

Signposted from the road.


NN14 4UR

map and directions


Single site located at a junction.


A traditional service area layout at the junction of the A14 and the A45 at Thrapston.


Catering: Burger King, Greggs, Subway Amenities: Travelodge, Free Cash Machine Outdoor Space: Various grass areas around site Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles, with dedicated parking areas for each vehicle type including HGVs. 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:
Thrapston Service Area
NN14 4UR

Trivia and History

Thrapston 1991.jpg
The services in 1991 shortly after opening.

Camera icon

Services opened 1991
Restaurant closed 2018

See also: A14 Planning History

In 1987, several local authorities created a joint policy for service areas on the A1-M1 Link Road. This recommended building a service area here at Thrapston, and Forte soon proposed one.

The service area opened in June 1991, before the new road was finished. Little ChefHistory and Travelodge opened first, with a Shell forecourt (operated directly by them) opening shortly after.

The restaurant gained a Coffee Stop, which became a Burger King franchise.

Little Chef was taken over Euro Garages in 2017. The restaurant lasted until January 2018 when the new owners' rights to the name expired. The signs were taken down and the restaurant continued as EG Diner. Keeping it this long was unlikely to be a deliberate decision, but the result of problems converting it to a Starbucks.

The EG Diner permanently closed in August 2018, leaving behind the Burger King, which closed two weeks later. The main building reopened in Autumn 2018 with Greggs and Subway replacing the EG Diner and the Burger King reopening after refurbishment. A Sainsbury's On the Go store then joined the site in May 2019.

Following the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020, the Sainsbury's On the Go store permanently closed. The Subway store closed at the same time, which was thought to be permanent, but the store reopened on 3 May 2022 with Subway's new 'Fresh Forward' look.

A housing development was recently added directly behind the service area, with deliveries to the site being accessed through the complex. This access has since been closed off.

Two 175kW Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging points were installed here in Spring 2021, as part of the forecourt refurbishment. These were expected to go live during late 2021, but this has been delayed due to power supply difficulties.


Kettering (9 miles)Services on the A14Spaldwick (westbound, 9 miles)
Brampton Hut (13 miles)
Raunds (3 miles)Services on the A45end of road
start of roadServices on the A605Country (10 miles)

Visitor Feedback

Visitors can leave public feedback on their experience by logging into the CommentBox app. You can do so quickly below:

Views expressed in these comments are those of the individual contributor. User accounts are managed by Registration helps prevent automated spam.
We ask the companies named to check here, but we can't force them to do so.