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Washington services

Location:

A1(M) between J64 and J65

Signposted from the road? Yes (as Greggs/Costa/Burger King)

Postcode:

DH3 2SJ

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.

Rating: See the reviews



Sharing its name with a world-famous capital city, Washington has an old building squished into a deeply urban area. The southbound site is actually located off the J64 exit sliproad, and traffic leaving the services has to cross this to rejoin the motorway.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Full Hou$e, Games Arcade, Showers, Randox Health Covid-19 Test Dropbox Hotel: Travelodgebook north | book south Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £24.50. HGVs can pay £26.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2474 (northbound) and 2475 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Moto
Washington Motorway Services Area
A1 M
Birtley
Chester-le-Street
Tyne and Wear
DH3 2SJ


Trivia and History

Granada Washington services.
The services, under Granada.

See also: History:Washington

The Highways Agency had listed Washington as an "approved truckstop", something which surprisingly few service areas are. Previously the Highways Agency's approved truckstop was the Nightowl Truckstops site at the rear of the services which was accessed from the local road network.

Until 2015 Moto were still manually updating the signs on the motorway with the current price of fuel, using patches. All other services in Britain stopped doing this at least 10 years earlier, but on several occasions Washington had been trying to compete with local garages.

An unusual sign on the southbound carriageway tells people looking for the northbound services to stop and use the footbridge. No other service area has this pointed out. Meanwhile, when rejoining the southbound carriageway, there is no sign to mark the start of motorway regulations, and it appears to have been missing for 15 years, if not much longer.

On Thursday 4 June 2020, the southbound Greggs store here was the first Greggs store in the UK to reopen following their decision to close all their stores in March 2020 due to coronavirus-related safety concerns. As part of this reopening, Moto added a new Greggs kiosk to the northbound side.

Northern Powergrid is planning to increase the electricity capacity at Washington, to allow it to potentially become a charging hub in the future.

Alternatives

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Durham (11 miles)Services on the A1(M)Seaton Burn (A1, 16 miles)
Scotch Corner (34 miles)
Barton Park Truckstop (32 miles)
Moto servicesnone nearby

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