Ladbrokes is a bookmakers found at some of Moto's busiest services, often in their own little shack adjacent to the amenity building.
It was an initiative that was first started in 1995 with a trial at three Granada services. Granada struggled to convince the Highways Agency that a betting office was an appropriate facility to have at a service area, they argued that there was demand to use them but that this demand came only from motorway services.
In 1995 the Highways Agency issued a memorandum saying that there was nothing technically wrong with having a bookmakers, but that they were still reluctant to see them introduced.
On a related note, in 1986 Granada considered a merger with Ladbrokes. Talks didn't lead anywhere but it could have been the two brands work much closer.
Operators had been trying to introduce a betting shop to service stations since the early days, but they had to accept that as services were built using Compulsory Purchase Orders, the Ministry couldn't allow them to operate more than the basic facilities.
The subject was brought back to the table in 1971, when an illicit but very successful betting business was discovered amongst users of the café at Trowell. However, the government still refused to permit official shops.
LocationsLadbrokes operate at some Moto services. They are:
- Birch (M62) (eastbound only)
- Chieveley (M4/A34)
- Donington Park (M1/A42/A50)
- Exeter (M5)
- Hilton Park (M6)
- Lancaster (M6)
- Tamworth (M42)
Ladbrokes used to operate at: