Enriched with facilities but not good looks, Toddington is a busy service area and the first in a while for traffic coming from the M25.
Catering: on both sides: Burger King, Costa Coffee, Greggs, KFC, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Krispy Kreme, M&S Coffee to Go, Costa Drive Thru
plus northbound only: Pret A Manger, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Tango Ice Blast Shops: on both sides: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith
plus northbound only: Top Gift Amenities: on both sides: Travelodge, BookAPod, Changing Places, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Revolution Laundry, Showers
plus northbound only: Truck Wash
and southbound only: Multi Faith Room Outdoor Space: Very little greenery - southbound side has some by the hotel Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2; NomadPower 22kW CEE 5 Pin Forecourt: on both sides: BP, Shop, Greggs, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Tango Ice Blast
plus northbound only: Car Wash
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £31. HGVs can pay £34 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2469 (northbound) and 2470 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
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Trivia and History
See also: 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. Both sides remained in the bottom five in 2023.
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.
Despite being one of the oldest services Moto owns, it's also one of their busiest and most profitable, 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.
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.
The Barber Shop on the southbound side, situated in a portable building in the car park, closed in July 2010. It 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 northbound Cotton Traders store also closed in late 2019. The northbound Fone Bitz store was later replaced with a Top Gift store in 2021.
A KFC opened on the northbound side in January 2019. The southbound Chow unit later closed in early 2023 to make way for a southbound KFC restaurant too, with The Services King opening the new restaurant on 24 April 2023. Pret A Manger then replaced the former Arlo's restaurant space on the northbound side, opening on 20 November 2023.
|London Gateway (26 miles)|
Cobham (M25 west, 53 miles)
South Mimms (M25 east, 25 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 38 miles)
Reading (M4 west, 63 miles)
Fleet (M3 south-west, 60 miles)
Breakspear Way (A414 west, 15 miles)
|Services on the M1||Newport Pagnell (15 miles)|
|Heston (M4 east, 38 miles)|
Reading (M4 west, 63 miles)
|Moto services||Rugby (M6, 48 miles)|
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