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Markham Moor is a village which lies five miles south of the town of Retfordmarker in the county of Nottinghamshiremarker. Markham Moor lies on the junction between the A1marker, A638 and A57 roads. The village was on the route of the old Great North Road and was also traditionally part of the East Markhammarker parish.

Markham Moor junction

Markham Moor has a junction in the middle of the village which links the A1 between Londonmarker and Edinburghmarker, the A638 to Retford and the A57 to Lincolnmarker. Previously, this junction was a simple roundabout, but as part of junction improvements by the Highways Agency between Blythmarker in Nottinghamshire and Peterboroughmarker, the junction changed to the current two level junction, with one roundabout at the north end for the A57 and A638, and another roundabout on the south side for the B1164 Great North Road to Tuxfordmarker. Both roundabouts are connected by a flyover.

A public inquiry was launched into the improvements in 2006 after a number of objections, the majority from the nearby village of Elkesleymarker. The objectors were concerned with the timing of the improvements and increased traffic flow on the A1 which bypasses Elkesley.

Service area

Markham Moor junction has a number of companies providing services for travellers travelling along the major trunk roads which meet at the Markham Moor junction, including McDonalds, a Travelodge, a historic hotel on the route of the old Great North Road and a lorry park. The services also hold a Little Chef cafe, which was originally designed as a petrol station in the late 1950s and converted to a Little Chef later on. There was a preservation campaign to get the building listed to prevent it from being demolished as part of the Markham Moor junction improvement plans published by the Highways Agency. The plans were revised to save and improve access to the restaurant.

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