Jun 22, 2020

Coronavirus: Watford Gap services 'never been so quiet'

Six decades on and what became known as the Watford Gap services, on the M1 in Northamptonshire, is a different beast altogether, with newsagents, various food outlets and even a clothing store. The time people currently spend at the Watford Gap services has roughly halved since before lockdown - from about 25 minutes to between 10 and 12 minutes. Watford Gap might be emptier than normal, but even the slightest scratch beneath the surface into the lives of those stopping here yields a momentous personal story. In 2009, BBC Northampton celebrated Watford Gap's 50th birthday with a video production called Watford Gap the Musical. The Watford Gap Costa Coffee is one of the busiest on the nation's road network.

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