London Gateway services
|London Gateway Services|
The main building
|Previous name(s)||Scratchwood Services|
It opened in 1969, being run by Forte, and was opened as Scratchwood Services. It is built adjacent to the site of the proposed junction 3 of the M1 with a spur to the A1. This link was never built and the intended roundabout junction was not completed, instead being adapted to provide access to the service area. However, traffic travels the wrong way around the junction, with some sharp turns on the slip roads.
On 6 September 1997, large numbers of people came to the service station to witness the passing of the funeral hearse of Diana, Princess of Wales on its way along the M1 from central London to her burial place in Althorp, Northamptonshire.
A reserved section of the current service area is a major long-distance coach service interchange.
The guns in both forward turrets on the museum ship HMS Belfast, moored between Tower Bridge and London Bridge some 11.7 miles away in the centre of London, are elevated and trained on the London Gateway Motorway Services Area.
There is a emergency vehicle/authorised vehicle access road just off Ellesmere Avenue which leads to the services. It is unofficial but is commonly used as a faster route to get into and out of Central London.
- Welcome Break Official Site - London Gateway
- Motorway Services Online - London Gateway
- Motorway Services Trivia Website - Scratchwood services (now London Gateway)
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