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Southwaite

Southwaite
Moto
Southwaite
Road:M6 between J41 and J42
Address:Moto Hospitality Ltd
Southwaite Motorway Services Area
M6
Broadfield
Southwaite
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA4 0NT
Telephone number:016974 73476
Signposted from the road?As Greggs/Costa/Burger King (northbound)
Burger King/Costa/M&S (southbound)
Opened:1972 (northbound)
1977 (southbound)
Previous operators:Taverna, Granada
Previous names:Carlisle
Grid reference:NY441451
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.
Visit Southwaite Northbound/Moto's official website
Visit Southwaite Southbound/Moto's official website
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Lying close to the Scottish border, the southbound side is slightly larger and it has a motel as well as a M&S Simply Food shop.

Recently dropped its fuel prices so that it is one of very few services which are competing with local garages.

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Facilities

Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Lucky Coin, Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co. (southbound only), Greggs (northbound only), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food (southbound only), Cotton Traders (northbound only)
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP, Costa (northbound only) Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £19, or £20.50 to include a £9 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2461 (northbound) and 2462 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia and History

The old tourist information centre.

When the services first opened the building was only on the northbound side, but southbound traffic could access it using the footbridge. The second building was added when Granada took it on.

It has always been the most northern motorway service area on the M6 (but not in England, Washington takes that title). In 2008 the motorway was extended northwards and gained a new service area, Todhills, but that is only a rest area, meaning that technically Southwaite can still claim its title.

There are plans to build a second motel here, on the northbound side, but it's not clear what brand it will be as Moto have been looking at brands other than Travelodge.

The site was the home to a Tourist Information Centre which held an large range of information for Scotland and England. This closed to make way for the Greggs outlet, directing visitors to M6 J45 instead.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2006, the services were rated at 4/5 by Holiday Which?

Also in 2006 the services won a four star loo award. In 2005 it was five stars.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Tebay (37 miles)
Scotch Corner (A66, 61 miles)
Services on the M6 Todhills (13 miles)
Gretna Green (A74(M), 19 miles)
Burton-in-Kendal (M6 northbound, 48 miles)
Lancaster (64 miles)
Scotch Corner (A66, 61 miles)
Moto services Todhills (13 miles)

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