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Bodmin Moor services

Location:

A30 westbound between Launceston and Bodmin
(also accessible to traffic on the B3257)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

PL15 7RR

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction (no turning allowed).

Rating:


A small service area at Plusha, which is now on the westbound side of the road only.

Facilities

Catering: Subway Outdoor Space: Small grass verge only Forecourt: Esso, Budgens, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Tango Ice Blast

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles. After which, all vehicles must pay £3 for up to 4 hours, £5 for up to 6 hours, £8 for up to 8 hours, £11 for up to 12 hours or £14 for up to 24 hours.

Prices can be paid via the RingGo app using location code 21507.

These fees are strictly enforced by Smart Parking.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Bodmin Moor Garage
Altarnun
Launceston
Cornwall
PL15 7RR


Trivia and Design

A building, painted black, with the Subway logo, next to a car park.
Subway in the one of the former garage buildings.

The road through the service area is the old alignment of the A30, which was cut off at the end by the new road. There used to be an exit to the A30 at the far western end of the car park, but this was closed when the dual carriageway was extended. A gap was provided in the central reservation to allow traffic to access the B3257 (and therefore the service area) in both directions, but this was closed indefinitely in 2022, meaning the access is now westbound only.

This service area started out as a couple of garages and a small petrol station next to Moor End bungalow in the mid-1950s. It was redeveloped in 1990 with a new forecourt being built to the far west of the site, in the position that it is today. This redevelopment introduced new parking areas for both cars and HGVs. There were also plans for the former garage building to become a restaurant, tourist information centre and hotel but that didn't happen.

New plans for a restaurant, tourist information centre and hotel were eventually granted planning permission 1995, but ultimately weren't built. The former garage building was finally converted to become Antheas Country Cafe in 1997. This was sold in 2008, when it became a Subway store.

Throughout the 2000s, the filling was branded BP with a SPAR store and operated by Chartman Retail. The filling station was rebranded to Esso in the early 2010s.

The filling station was acquired by MFG in 2019. They changed the shop to Budgens in the following year.

MFG hold planning permission to demolish the existing shop building and build a larger one in February 2020. The works would include the installation of four electric vehicle charging points and new parking bays located around the building.

There is also a protracted case to add fast food units to the site: one suggestion was to build two drive thru restaurants on the current HGV parking area, and another was to build a Greggs offer next to the forecourt. National Highways have objected to both proposals on the basis that they would encourage eastbound traffic to make the dangerous right turn across the A30, though this turning was closed in 2022 and is the subject of an ongoing study. They have also raised concerns about any impact on the parking arrangements, noting that the current parking is split between two landowners.

Alternatives

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Sourton Cross (21 miles)Services on the A30Trewint (eastbound, 2 miles)
Penlan (11 miles)