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Washington services


A1(M) between J64 and J65

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



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

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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.


Catering: Burger King, Costa Coffee, Greggs, Costa Express Shops: WHSmith Amenities: Travelodge, Full Hou$e, Games Arcade, Showers Outdoor Space: Picnic Tables; southbound has small grass area at back of car park Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £25. HGVs can pay £28 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:
Washington Motorway Services Area
A1 M
Tyne and Wear

Trivia and History

Granada Washington services.
The service area building, under Granada ownership.

See also: History:Washington

The boundary between Gateshead town and Sunderland city runs along the A1(M), with a distinct kink as it moves around the service area. This could seen either as Gateshead embracing the service area, or Sunderland emphatically rejecting it. Washington town is part of Sunderland and therefore across the boundary from the service area that's named after it.

Until 2015 Moto were still manually updating the signs on the motorway with the current price of fuel, using patches. All other service areas 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.

The Highways Agency had listed Washington as an "approved truckstop", something which surprisingly few service areas were. 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.

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


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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