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Saltash services

Location:

A38 at Carkeel Roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the A388 and B3271)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

PL12 6LF

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:



A large building forms the first service area in Cornwall, but the facilities are somewhat limited by traditional standards.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Subway, Starbucks on the Go Shops: Sainsbury's On the go Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £14 per 24 hour period.

Prices are paid in the forecourt shop.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

Address:
Saltash Services
Plymouth
Cornwall
PL12 6LF


Trivia and History

LC Ad Saltash 2015.jpg
The former Little Chef advert on the exterior of the building which was still on display several years after the closure of the Little Chef.

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Opened by Granada 1988?
Granada branding removed 2002
Little Chef closed 2012
Sold to Euro Garages 2017

This is a large service area set into the hill by the A38 bypass of Saltash, built by Granada in the 1980s. Like Warminster, the bypass is partially single carriageway and the services have never really warranted the large grounds they occupy; its construction was more about achieving maximum network coverage quickly.

The Travelodge reception area was moved into the main services in 2001, following several extensions to the motel.

On the other side of the roundabout there is a Shell filling station with a Londis shop, called Tamar Services, but it is not signed, causing some confusion as it is closer to the A38 than the signposted Saltash services. There is also a Waitrose supermarket opposite.

Car boot sales used to be held here regularly. A farm used to be accessed through the services.

Granada wanted to erect a large Celtic Cross at the back of the services, with a sign on the A38 inviting traffic to stop and visit it. They were told they could have the cross (without the sign) for two years only, as the Highways Agency wanted the land for a road improvement. Neither the cross nor the road improvement ever happened.

Facility Closures

There is a children's nursery which shares the same site. This was originally a tourist information building, which was fenced off in 2001. There had been plans to turn it into a drive thru Burger King since 1995, and in 1999 there was a plan to replace it with a larger restaurant.

A Coffee Tempo! outlet was here for a time situated within the main foyer of the building. When this closed, the area was left empty with only a window remaining as a clue to its existence. This area is likely to have been a small retail shop and an old game arcade previous to this.

The Little Chef closed in early 2012 and became part of a Burger King only set-up along with four other sites. The former Little Chef area was replaced with a Subway in 2014.

During summer 2018, Euro Garages refurbished the site, including the Burger King and Subway. They moved the main seating and restaurant area, creating a more open-plan food court. A Sainsbury's On the go store was then added in June 2019.

An old Little Chef advert was still displayed on the exterior wall of the main amenity building here for quite a while, just to the left of the entrance, promoting ways to find Little Chef locations online despite the Little Chef having been closed since 2012.

Greggs debacle

Greggs Saltash.
The short-lived Greggs store.

During the 2018 refurbishment, a Greggs was added and opened in September 2018. This was the first branch of Greggs ever to open in Cornwall, even though it was operated under a franchise agreement.

Local residents were furious when they heard about the proposed addition, and were quoted in the national press saying they preferred their existing local bakeries. The press claimed that Greggs tried to keep the actual opening of the branch quiet, not adding it to their website for several weeks. The store closed on 12 September 2019 without fanfare.

On 13 January 2020 - perhaps inspired by the story about Rutland not having a McDonald's - the national press started reporting that Greggs had been "forced out" of Cornwall. Greggs attributed the closure to their own "thorough review". Only the Plymouth Herald correctly reported that the branch had been closed for some time and hadn't faced any physical hostility, with the local paper instead reporting that "no one noticed" it had gone.

Alternatives

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Cornwall (31 miles) Services on the A38 Smithaleigh (westbound, 12 miles)
Peartree Cross (25 miles)