|Road:||M6 between J41 and J42|
|Address:||Moto Hospitality Ltd|
Southwaite Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01697 473476|
|Signposted from the road?||As Greggs/Costa/Burger King (northbound)|
Burger King/Costa/M&S (southbound)
|Previous operators:||Taverna, Granada|
|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
Always receiving a mixed bag of comments, Southwaite is a fairly old service area on the M6 close to the Scottish Borders. 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.
General: Children's Play Area, Local Information, Picnic Tables, Showers, Moto Free WiFi
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co. (southbound only), Greggs (northbound only)
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express), M&S Simply Food (southbound only), Cotton Traders (northbound only)
Fuel: BP (with: Costa Express Air1 AdBlue)
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11 and HGVs £18.50, or £20 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.
When the services first opened the building was only on the northbound side, but southbound traffic could access it using the footbridge. 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 the whole of Scotland and local areas in England. Unfortunately it has been closed down to make way for the Greggs outlet mentioned below. According to the sign on the door the next nearest Tourist Information can now be found at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, just off M6 juntion 45.
A Greggs outlet will open here soon on the northbound side only. Southbound access is via the footbridge.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
Also in 2006, the services were rated at 4/5 by Holiday Which?
|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)|
With thanks to the users 'Roadhog' and 'Yorkie' for the information used on this page.