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Toddington services

Facilities | Rating | ReviewsToddington services
Road:M1 between J11 and J12

Address:Moto Ltd
Telephone number:01525 878400
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:TL030287
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.
Visit Toddington Northbound/Moto's official website
Visit Toddington Southbound/Moto's official website

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.


Catering: Burger King, Costa, Eat & Drink Co., Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co (northbound only) Shops: Fone Bitz, 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

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.

Trivia and History

Full details: History:Toddington

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 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

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.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 86% satisfaction score for the northbound services and 76% for the southbound services.

In 2015, the services were rated 4 stars by VisitEngland.

In May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars.

The wide variety of shops was praised by Lord Adonis (Secretary of State for Transport) during his surprise visit in September 2009.

The services were inspected by The AA on 24 and 25 March 2007. These are their results:

Road safety and parking:Acceptable
Outdoor facilities:Very Poor
Access and indoor facilities:Good
Shop:Very Good
Family Friendliness:Very Poor
Final Score:Poor

The services were said to be well priced(!) with secure, clean facilities, but the staff were poor and there was very little to smile about outside. The AA said that the poor result could be down to the fact that the services were being refurbished at the time they were inspected and they would improve afterwards.

In 2006, Toddington was rated 4/5 by Holiday Which?

In 2005 and again in 2006 the services won a five-star loo award.

In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".

In 1977 Egon Ronay graded the waitress restaurant as "acceptable" and the self-service café as "poor". He said the services were very well maintained and ran, but catering relied on poor-quality convenience food.


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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