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Todhills rest area


M6 between J44 and J45

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:


map and directions


Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.


The first of a new wave of rest areas, Todhills and other rest areas is basically a small service station that could be the gateway to a whole new form of services. Watch this space.


Catering: Costa Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point Motel: Travelodgebook (southbound only) Forecourt: northbound only: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
southbound only: BP (with:), Shop, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles. No overnight parking is available.

Contact Details[edit]

Moto Hospitality A74

Trivia and History[edit]

The site is sometimes referred to as 'Moss services'.

Until 2008 Todhills had its own page on Moto's website. This was then removed and there was only a brief reference to it on their map, until recently, when the page was put back on.

The filling stations here are operated by BP and Shell respectively. This means each side has a different operator, usually charging a very different price.


Todhills was originally no more than a little service area on the A74 - itself the remnants of a dangerous and narrow dual carriageway linking the M6 from Birmingham to the M74 to Glasgow. It was built in the mid-1970s.

In 1989, a Happy Eater was built next to an existing filling station on the northbound side. In 1993, this became a Little ChefHistory, which gained a Coffee Stop that became a Burger King.

In 1999, a Little ChefHistory and Travelodge were built on the southbound side, on the site of a long-standing truckstop.

On creation of Moto, Todhills was regarded as a major service area, and as such became their responsibility. They operated the Little Chefs under a franchise agreement after the main Little Chef brand had been sold on.


Like many facilities on the A74, it was assumed Todhills would be closed when the road became a motorway. A few miles up the road 20 years ago the same situation saw Gretna replaced, but Todhills already had nearby alternatives.

However, as this particular section of the A74 proved much more financially (and politically) difficult to upgrade than the rest, Todhills went on to become the last remaining TRSA on the route. One deal hoping to see the road built saw Todhills guaranteed access from the new road.

To fulfil this, Todhills became the UK's first of a new breed of motorway rest area: a service station which doesn't necessarily provide food or fuel.

When the A74 and the service station were upgraded, Moto swapped the Little Chef for a Costa, claiming it fitted the concept better - although in reality it was to fit their national portfolio. This creates the unusual situation where the Costa brand is applied across the whole building, including the lobby and former kitchen.


Carlisle Truckstop (A689, 3 miles)
Southwaite (13 miles)
Services on the M6 road becomes A74(M)
Gretna (6 miles)
Southwaite (13 miles) Moto services none nearby

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