Leicester Forest East services

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Leicester Forest East Services
Leicester Forest East Service Area, M1 - geograph.org.uk - 217293.jpg
The services straddle the motorway.
Leicester Forest East services is located in Leicestershire
Leicester Forest East services
Leicester Forest East services (Leicestershire)
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.


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] The services features a Bridge-restaurant between the two bases crossing the motorway, containing all of the service station's restaurants.[1] 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]


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[2] if the M1/M69 junction is developed to increase capacity to accommodate predicted traffic growth.;[3]


  1. ^ a b "Leicester Forest East services". Motorway services online. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ "M1/M69 Public Consultation Information". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  3. ^ "Reason for the project". Highways Agency. Retrieved 2010-01-07.

External links[edit]

Next southbound:
Watford Gap
Motorway service stations on the
M1 motorway
Next northbound:
Donington Park