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Todhills rest area

Todhills rest area
Todhills services
Road:M6 between J44 and J45

Address:Moto Hospitality A74
Telephone number:01228 674689
Signposted from the road?Yes as rest area
Opened:1972? (southbound TRSA)
1980s (northbound TRSA)
2008 (rest area)
Previous operators:Trusthouse Forte, Granada
Grid reference:NY373622
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
Visit Todhills Northbound/Moto's official website
Visit Todhills Southbound/Moto's official website

The first and currently the only of a new wave of rest areas, Todhills is basically a small service station that could be the gateway to a whole new form of services. Watch this space.


Catering: Costa Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point Motel: Travelodgebook (southbound only) Forecourt:
northbound only: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
southbound only: BP (with: Air1 AdBlue), BP Connect, Wild Bean Café

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles. No overnight parking is available.

Trivia and History

In 2009 the services made local newspapers after they tried to sell alcohol on the grounds that a legal loophole meant they could do so, but a series of letters between BP and the Highways Agency saw that the plans were dropped.

The services are often referred to as 'Moss services'.

The filling stations here are operated by BP and Shell respectively. This means each side has a different operator, usually charging a very different price.


Todhills was originally no more than a little service area on the A74 - itself the remnants of a dangerous and narrow dual carriageway linking the M6 from Birmingham to the M74 to Glasgow. Like many facilities on the A74, it was assumed it would be closed when the road became a motorway. However, as this particular section of the A74 proved much more financially (and politically) difficult to upgrade than the rest, Todhills went on to become the last remaining TRSA on the route. One deal hoping to see the road built saw Todhills guaranteed access from the new road.

To fulfill this Todhills became the UK's first of a new breed of motorway rest area: a service station which doesn't necessarily provide food or fuel. A few miles up the road 20 years ago the same situation saw Gretna replaced.

When the A74 and the service station were upgraded, Moto swapped the Little Chef for a Costa, claiming it fitted the concept better - although in reality it was to fit their national portfolio. The northbound Little Chef was originally a Happy Eater. This creates the unusual situation where the Costa brand is applied across the whole building, including the lobby and former kitchen.


Until 2008 Todhills had its own page on Moto's website - being a Fortes service area that Granada gained when they took them on. This was then removed and there was only a brief reference to it on their map, until recently, when the page was put back on.

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Southwaite (13 miles)Services on the M6 road becomes A74(M)
Gretna Green (6 miles)
Southwaite (13 miles)Moto services none nearby

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