A popular truckstop just off the A1 has been voted as the number one place for truckers to take a break during their journeys.
The A1 Truckstop on Bourne Road near Colsterworth was chosen by readers of the Truckstop News, the national haulage industry newspaper, as their favourite place to stop, as well as being considered the best by judges during secret visits.
After being runner-up in the competition last year, the stop’s owner Margaret White was delighted to receive the top accolade and decided to say thank you to the thousands of truckers who voted by donating £1,000 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Amblance.
“I wanted to give something back on behalf of all the truckers who use these busy roads,” she explained.
Margaret and her husband Albert White presented a cheque to air ambulance volunteer Julia Wright, who said: “It’s fantastic. We have to raise £1.9 million a year and we don’t get any government funding so it all comes from fund-raising like this.”
The Whites are pleased to be able to make such a donation having seen their respective business ventures in the haulage industry flourish.
Starting with just a caravan in a lay-by at Stretton, Margaret’s truckstop developed into a converted bus and then a stainless steel cabin, before she and her husband rented and then purchased the current site.
Meanwhile Albert, went on to set up White’s Recycling which now has 60 lorries and 130 staff.
The truckstop has 14 dedicated staff members in its Stadium Diner, who serve an estimated 3,000 eggs a week as part of cooked breakfasts – a firm favourite of visitors, along with pies and salads.
There is also a bar and TV, a truckers’ accessory shop, 24/7 diesel pumps and parking for over 150 vehicles.
The diner is open from 6am-10pm Monday to Friday, 7am-2pm on Saturday and 8am-4pm on Sunday.