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Saltash services


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

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

PL12 6LF

(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.


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


Catering: Burger King, Subway Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £13 per 24 hour period.

Prices are paid in the restaurant.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details[edit]

Saltash Services
PL12 6LF

Trivia and History[edit]

Saltash inside centre of building.jpg
Boarded up units surround the evidence of Granada.

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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 Texaco filling station with a Spar 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[edit]

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.

The Little Chef closed in early 2012 and is now part of a Burger King only set-up along with four other sites. However, the former Little Chef outlet has now reopened here as a Subway.

There was a Coffee Tempo! outlet here for a time too but it has also closed and was boarded up, leaving only a window as a clue to its existence. This area is likely to have been a small retail shop and an old game arcade in the past. As of August 2015, this room is still empty.

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


Moto still own and operate the petrol station and lease out the motel.

Little Chef's former facilities, the Burger King and Subway, are now operated by Euro Garages.


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