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 junction has never been built, and consequently the motorway is still famously without Junction 3.
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.
The current service area is a major long-distance coach service interchange.
The guns in both turrets on HMS Belfast, some 12.5 miles away in the centre of London, are trained and elevated on the London Gateway Motorway Services Area.
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