Leicester Forest East services

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Leicester Forest East Services
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The services straddle the motorway.
Leicester Forest East services is located in Leicestershire
Leicester Forest East services
Leicester Forest East services (Leicestershire)
Information
County: Leicestershire
Road: M1
Coordinates: 52°37′09″N 1°12′22″W / 52.6192°N 1.206°W / 52.6192; -1.206Coordinates: 52°37′09″N 1°12′22″W / 52.6192°N 1.206°W / 52.6192; -1.206
Operator: Welcome Break
Date opened: 1966[1]
Website: Welcome Break

Leicester Forest East services is a motorway service station situated between junctions 21 and 21a of the M1 motorway, near Leicester, England.

History[edit]

It was designed for the opening of the second phase of the M1 in 1966 (seven years after the first phase was completed), based on an Italian design used on the Autostrade.[citation needed] This design is very rare in Britain.[citation needed] Another interesting feature was the Bridge-restaurant between the two bases crossing the motorway, containing all of the service station's restaurants.[2]

At the time of opening it was operated by the Ross Group and featured a Terence Conran designed restaurant with a waitress silver service restaurant.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

It contains a number of shops and fast food outlets straddling the motorway.

There is no legal vehicular access to the motorway service station from nearby Leicester Forest East, although there is nothing physically stopping cars from exiting to the A47.

Proposed closure[edit]

Leicester Forest East services may permanently close in 2017[3] if the M1/M69 junction is developed to increase capacity to accommodate predicted traffic growth.;[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motorway Services Trivia - Chronology - Accessed 16 February 2009
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "M1/M69 Public Consultation Information". Highways Agency. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Reason for the project". Highways Agency. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 

External links[edit]


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