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Tebay MSA

by Barry


This post has two uses, firstly to use the functionality to send a picture from my phone straight to my blog – but it doesn’t do it in a particularly nice way.

Secondly, we came home from Cumbria this weekend and stopped in at Tebay on the way to refresh our memories as to why Tebay was so different to other MSAs, and to take the pictures to put on here.

I took this picture from the top of the picnic area to try to emulate a view from Robinswood Hill.  Now I know the buildings won’t be the same and other good arguments.  But you have to admire the building!

Also, on looking through the shop, it was so much nicer than normal ones, and the food looked edible (and it tasted good too).  Now it wasn’t cheap, but certainly comparable to standard and the quality was much better.

I will try to upload some of the other pictures I took, but will do it more conventionally as it could take forever otherwise.

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Joe K August 18, 2010 - 9:28 pm

I was interested by the fact that that photo didn’t indicate the existence of the M6, so I Google Mapped it, which led me to ‘Old Tebay’ services at J38, a classic ‘trumpet’ junction, even with no other motorway to connect to. Just off the top of my head (bit busy at the moment), it begs the question again, why no proper planning for an MSA at the M5’s 11a?

bazkirby August 19, 2010 - 9:53 am

Joe, “old tebay” J.38 services is not Tebay, it is an HGV services, though it is now owned by Westmorland.

If you look at them services on Google and pan north up the M6 about a mile, then you come to the Tebay services. http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=M6,+Cumbria+CA10+3,+United+Kingdom&sll=51.824488,-2.266825&sspn=0.006698,0.019248&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FfBONAMd-8bX_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=M6,+Cumbria+CA10+3,+United+Kingdom&ll=54.451379,-2.608588&spn=0.0063,0.019248&t=h&z=16

The Motorway is in essence behind me, the otherside of the small hill that I am on. I never thougth, I should have taken one of that too.

Joe K August 19, 2010 - 10:40 am

Oh, I did see the ‘actual’ services, Barry. It’s interesting the way the M6 splits up like that, with a big green space in-between. My initial thought was that ‘Old Tebay’ was replaced by a more environmentally friendly service area, the resulting overall drop in carbon emissions forming part of the argument for it’s construction. Which would have been interesting, because no such argument could have been made for a brand new MSA on the M5.

However, if ‘Old Tebay’ has always existed for HGV use, there’s really no carbon saving to speak of, and if it used to be the MSA for all vehicles, same deal. I thought I’d be able to root out the historic details this morning, but facts are surprisingly difficult to find…

bazkirby August 19, 2010 - 10:55 am

One of the things I like about driving up the M6 is when you get towards the lakes, the scenery is much more interesting. What you can’t appreciate on Google is the height of the various bits of road etc.

To read the history of Tebay, have a look here: http://www.westmorland.com/about-us
No detail as to the environ question, and it is from their own website, but an interesting evolution none the less.

Joe K August 19, 2010 - 12:45 pm

Interesting page, Barry. The curious thing I found reading it is that there was never a point when they trumpeted their enviro credentials, which you’d have thought they would have done. They just seemed to organically grow into an award winning enterprise (mind you, David Bellamy, not necessarily the soundest authority they could have got a gong from). Given the way they developed, though, again, it doesn’t resemble the Gateway proposal.

Joe K August 19, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Kay Powell has written a cracking good letter to Richard Graham about the MSA.

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