Newport Pagnell services

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Newport Pagnell Services
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Newport Pagnell services is located in Buckinghamshire
Newport Pagnell services
Newport Pagnell services (Buckinghamshire)
Information
County: Buckinghamshire
Road: M1
Coordinates: 52°04′59″N 0°44′55″W / 52.083066°N 0.748508°W / 52.083066; -0.748508Coordinates: 52°04′59″N 0°44′55″W / 52.083066°N 0.748508°W / 52.083066; -0.748508
Operator: Welcome Break
Date opened: 1960[1]
Website: Welcome Break

Newport Pagnell Services is a motorway service station between junctions 14 and 15 of the M1 motorway near Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. It is owned and operated by Welcome Break.

History[edit]

Newport Pagnell Services were the second service station to be opened in the UK, but as the Watford Gap services were originally only for trucks, Newport Pagnell was the first to open for all traffic. It opened in 1960.[1]

The service station is one of fourteen for which large murals were commissioned from artist David Fisher in the 1990s, designed to reflect the local area and history.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Scenes from the BBC soap-opera EastEnders and the film Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were also recorded there.

The short comedy sci-fi film Blake's Junction 7 starring Martin Freeman, Johnny Vegas and Mark Heap was set and filmed at this service station.

There is also a scene set in the toilet here in the 1988 film For Queen and Country starring Denzel Washington.

In the last episode of BBC's Knowing Me Knowing You radio series, Alan Partridge's last guest dies on air. Alan decides to observe a minute's silence, but realises - as it is radio - that a minute of 'dead air' is impossible. He therefore intersperses the silence with an occasional utterance. Thus he suggests to listeners on the road to pull off and join in the minute's silence. He even goes as far as naming a few service stations where they can park their cars. One of them is Newport Pagnell.

Facilities[edit]

Newport Pagnell offers a range of facilities including Burger King, KFC, a coffee shop, a hotel, a retail shop, BT Openzone, a games arcade, a Link ATM and a petrol station operated by Shell.

In the news[edit]

On 3 September 2007, a National Express coach from Birmingham to Luton airport and Stansted airport (making an unscheduled stop) failed to make a turn on the approach road and overturned. A number of people including the driver were seriously injured. The driver was subsequently convicted of drink driving and dangerous driving.[3]

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