Woodall Services
Woodall Services is located in South Yorkshire
Woodall Services
Woodall Services
Location in South Yorkshire, England
Woodall Services is located in UK motorways
Woodall Services
Woodall Services
Location on the UK motorway network
CountySouth Yorkshire
Coordinates:53°18′55″N 1°16′53″W / 53.31520°N 1.28130°W / 53.31520; -1.28130
OperatorWelcome Break
Date opened1968[1]
WebsiteWelcome Break

Woodall services is a motorway service station on the M1 motorway in Rotherham close to Sheffield in England. It lies between junctions 30 and 31. It was opened in 1968 by Trust House Forte but was renamed Welcome Break after the takeover of the company. It takes its name from the nearby village of Woodall.


The contract awarded to Forte on Tuesday 29 June 1965, to open in autumn 1968.[2] The site opened around July 1968.[3]


The site is in Harthill with Woodall.

Woodall was also one of the few service stations to have a Burger King, KFC and a McDonald's. The Northbound side had a McDonald's (open 24 hours), which closed in March 2020, and has a KFC, with the Southbound side having a Burger King and a KFC. Both sides of the service station are linked by footbridge. The services are very close to the Derbyshire border but it actually lies in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham.

Woodall was one of two Welcome Break services which had a McDonald's; the other one was Fleet on the M3 in Hampshire.

The service station has 233 employees as of November 2019.[4]

This service area has proven to be very popular with coaches heading north and south because of the coach hosts there.[citation needed]


The MSA is accessible from both the Northbound and Southbound carriageways.

The MSA has murals by David Fisher in the 1990s, designed to reflect the local area and history.[5]


  1. ^ "Motorway Services Trivia - Chronology". Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  2. ^ Coventry Evening Telegraph Wednesday 30 June 1965, page 25
  3. ^ Nottingham Guardian Friday 19 July 1968, page 4
  4. ^ "THE SMITH OF THE STAR: M1's services with a smile for 40 years". The Star. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Murals and Commercial Commissions". Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2020.

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