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Toddington services

Location:

M1 between J11 and J12

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

LU5 6HR

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.

Rating: See the reviews


Enriched with facilities but not good looks, Toddington is a busy service area and the first in a while for traffic heading from the M25.

Facilities[edit]

Catering: Arlo's, Burger King, Chow, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co (northbound only), Costa Drive Thru (northbound only) Shops: Fone Bitz (northbound only), M&S Simply Food, WHSmith, Cotton Traders (northbound only) Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, NomadPower, Showers
northbound only: Truck Wash, Changing Places
southbound only: Multi Faith Room
Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP (with: BP Autogas LPG), Shop, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Greggs (northbound only), Costa (southbound only)

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £26. HGVs can pay £27.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2469 (northbound) and 2470 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Moto Ltd
Toddington
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU5 6HR


Trivia and History[edit]

Full details: History:Toddington

In Spring 2018, Transport Focus calculated a 72% satisfaction score for the southbound services, and 82% for the northbound services, making it second-worst and sixth-worst respectively.

The head office for Granada services and later Moto, this combined with it being a very busy service station has meant it has often been used as a test bed by the firms for new ideas. Previously Granada had used Heston and their London office in Golden Square.

Even today it is arguably one of Moto's busiest sites, helped by the fact that there aren't many services to the south-west. Plans for services at Redbourn were objected to by Granada and refused.

Like all services in England, a new 50-year lease was signed in 1982. This was valued at £2,312,000, making it the most valuable.

Recent Changes[edit]

Toddington Little Chef.
The last surviving Little Chef on the motorway network, built in 1996.

The Little Chef here was the last to leave the motorway network, lasting until 2010. It may well have lasted a little longer as Moto wanted to set up a Costa stand at the entrance to the services, but those plans were refused as inappropriate development, so Costa took over Little Chef instead.

In July 2010, The Barber Shop on the southbound side, situated in a portacabin in the car park, closed and reopened in December 2011 as a Faith Room.

Fone Bitz used to have stores on both sides here however the southbound store closed in 2018.

A KFC is due to open here soon on the northbound side.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
London Gateway (26 miles
South Mimms (M25 east, 25 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 38 miles)
Reading (M4 west, 61 miles)
Services on the M1 Newport Pagnell (15 miles)
none on M1
Heston (M4 east, 38 miles)
Reading (M4 west, 61 miles)
Moto services none nearby

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