|Road:||A38, at Plymouth|
(also accessible to traffic on the A388 and B3271)
(Google Maps link)
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Euro Garages's official website|
A large building forms the first service area in Cornwall, but the facilities are somewhat limited by traditional standards.
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £12.
Prices are paid in the restaurant.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia & History
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.
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.
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 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)|
Lee Mill (13 miles)