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 on 26 November 1959, the birthday of Charles Forte, Baron Forte. Like the motorway, the site was designed by Sir [1 ] Owen Williams (engineer).
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 were also recorded there. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
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
starring For Queen and Country Denzel Washington.
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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