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Woodall services

Location:

M1 between J30 and J31

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

S26 7XR

map and directions

Access/Layout:

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

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It's Yorkshire's oldest service area, still providing facilities as the M1 passes Sheffield.

Facilities

Catering: on both sides: Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, The Good Breakfast, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go
plus northbound only: Chopstix Noodle Bar, Starbucks Drive Thru
and southbound only: The Good Bakery, f'real Milkshakes, Slush Puppie
Shops: on both sides: WHSmith
and southbound only: Waitrose & Partners, Top Gift
Main Amenities: Game Zone, Showers Hotel: southbound only: Days Innbook Charging Points: on both sides: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2
plus southbound only: Tesla Supercharger 120kW
Forecourt: Welcome Break Fuel, The Good Bakery, Chicago Town Pizza, f'real Milkshakes, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Top!Blue AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £30 (or £32 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Woodall Services
Woodall Motorway Services Area
M1
Woodall
Harthill
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S26 7XR

  • 📞 Telephone number: 0114 248 6434
  • 🗺 Grid reference: SK479800


Trivia and Design

Woodall postcard.jpg
The northbound entrance, taken soon after opening.

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Opened by Fortes 1969
Re-branded Trusthouse Forte 1970
Re-branded Motor Chef 1974
Re-branded Welcome Break 1988

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

The Yorkshire village of Wales is positioned less than two miles north of the service area. This gives rise to a whole load of trick trivia questions, as Woodall can claim to be the closest service area to a Welsh border.

History

See also: M1 Service Area Planning

Three possible sites were examined before the services were built: Killamarsh, Wales and Woodall. The Ministry liked the Wales site, but the local authority said it was too close to the village. Its proximity to Sprotbrough was a concern too. Forte wanted to build a hotel here from the outset, but were asked to back down as plans to widen the M1 meant the services could have had to be demolished and the Department did not want its value to increase.

Originally the restaurant had orange settees with a brown, Scandinavian-style strip-wood ceiling. A screen sectioned off an area for lorry drivers. The buildings were relatively long and thin, with most of the subsequent extensions adding to the front.

The large rounded part of the southbound building was the transport café. It became a Little Chef in around 1982.

The service area was the scene of a violent football clash in January 1986, where a number of injuries were caused. Such incidents were common at service areas at the time.

As with most Welcome Break service areas, David Fisher was commissioned to paint some artwork, which was displayed all around the southbound lobby. At Woodall the mural was dedicated to Harry Brearley, the Sheffield man who is credited with inventing stainless steel. It has since been removed.

The footbridge would have been connected to the main building at each end, but it is a separate structure in its own right. Given the exposed location, this can make it feel rather cold and bleak. A rearrangement on the southbound side saw the bridge's connection to the main building blocked off, meaning customers had to leave via a second exit and follow a winding path round to the main entrance.

Concern was caused by the plan to widen the M1 between J28 and J32, which was announced in 1989. When this eventually happened in 2016, it was done on a small scale which didn't impact the service area.

Developments

In early 2020, the forecourts were converted to Welcome Break branding.

This was one of the only service stations with Burger King, KFC and McDonald's all available. The first two were operated by Welcome Break while the latter was run by McDonald's on a long-term lease. On 21 March 2020 the McDonald's closed due to COVID-19, and did not reopen. The unit was later converted to a Burger King unit alongside a Chopstix Noodle Bar and The Good Breakfast hybrid unit in early 2021.

The refurbishment allowed the northbound side to move closer to the food court layout that is common across the country. The McDonald's unit had previously created an awkward shape.

The southbound WHSmith store closed on 14 March 2022 for a major refurbishment. The store reopened on 28 March 2022 and features all new WHSmith branding, fixtures and fittings in what is described as a 'premium' upgrade to the store. The store also now features a new food to go range with a The Good Bakery hot food cabinet and new f'real Milkshakes and Slush Puppie machines.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Tibshelf (15 miles)
Alfreton (A38 south, 19 miles)
Services on the M1Woolley Edge (27 miles)
Doncaster (North) (M18, 26 miles)
Carcroft (A1 northbound, 22 miles)
Barnsdale Bar (A1 north, 25 miles)
Leicester Forest East (53 miles)
Derby South (A50, 39 miles)
Welcome Break servicesnone on M1
Hartshead Moor (M62 west, 46 miles)

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