Moto Hospitality

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Moto Hospitality
Industry Hospitality
Predecessor Granada
Founded 7 February 2001 (7 February 2001) (Toddington)
Headquarters Toddington, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Tim Moss (CEO)
Robert Prynn (CFO)
Brian Lotts (Chief Operating Officer)
Sir Gerry Robinson (Chairman)
Owner Private investors
Number of employees
Website MOTO
Moto services on the A1(M) at Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Moto Hospitality is a company which operates 58 motorway service stations across the United Kingdom. It's currently the UKs biggest service area operator.

Moto is owned by a consortium of shareholders including Australian pension funds and European and New Zealand infrastructure funds and is asset managed by Macquarie Investment Bank. Macquarie Bank has managed Moto since Compass Group sold off SSP in April 2006 for £1,822 million.[1]


Granada, who owned the chain of Granada motorway service stations, merged with Compass in July 2000, to form Granada Compass plc. The plan was to combine the hospitality interests of the two businesses and hive off the media division, which was done by demerging the new group into Compass plc and Granada Media in 2001. Granada had previously acquired Forte plc in a £3.3bn hostile takeover on 24 January 1996. It sold its French Cote France service stations to Italy's Autogrill in December 1997. The food and hospitality division of Granada was retained by Compass, which became its Select Service Partner (SSP) UK division, but ownership of the Granada brand and trademark passed to the new media company. The Granada name was retained on the service stations until 23 May 2001, when the 47 sites were rebranded as Moto. In 2006, Moto separated from Compass Group and SSP following successful acquisition by a consortium of investors and underwent a period of intensive expansion through investment in new brands and offers.

Other operations[edit]

Moto operates various franchise outlets at Extra MSA locations. These include M&S Simply Food, Costa Coffee and Greggs.



WHSmiths are located at all Moto services.


Most Moto locations have hotels. The ones that don't are named by Moto as other sites.


Travelodge operate at 56 Moto sites.

Days Inn[edit]

Days Inn are at 2 Moto sites; Wetherby and Winchester.


Winchester Days Inn were opened by Moto but is operated by Welcome Break.

Burger King[edit]

Burger King operate over 40 locations at Moto Service Stations.


Costa Coffee Operate at all Moto service areas.

EDC (Eat and Drink co)[edit]

EDC operate at most Moto locations.


Greggs operate at 12 Moto locations.

West Cornwall Pasty Co[edit]

West Cornwall Pasty Co now operate where all Upper Crusts use to be except for Cherwell Valley, Wetherby & Reading Eastbound. Wetherby is unique as it has both an Upper Crust and a West Cornwall Pasty Co.

Barber Shop[edit]

The Barber Shop at Toddington and Leigh Delamere has closed leaving just one site at Lymm.

Betting Arcades[edit]

In 1995 Granada thought that betting arcades would be useful at motorway services.

Lucky Coin[edit]

Lucky Coin are Moto's Own brand betting arcades.They appear at most sites.

Full Hou$e[edit]

Full Hou$e are another Moto brand betting arcade.They aren't at a lot of Locations and they're new.

M&S Foodhall[edit]

M&S Foodhall are at many Moto locations.

Krispy Kreme[edit]

Krispy Kreme operate stalls at most Moto locations.

Fone Bitz[edit]

Fone Bitz operate at a selected Moto sites.

Petrol Stations[edit]

The Petrol Stations at Moto sites are either Esso or BP


Moto have won awards for the standards of cleanliness in their public toilets, winning the 'Loo of the Year Award' back in 2006 (for the fourth year running).[2]

The competition judges visited more than 1,000 public toilets all over Britain, scrutinising cleanliness, overall management, signage, accessibility, décor and the standard of fixtures and fittings.[3]


Moto have recently opened Britain's first carbon neutral service station on the A1(M) at Kirk Deighton near Wetherby,[4] lying across the border line between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, they have also purchased Winchester Services from Roadchef for conversion to carbon neutral operation. The upgrade will include recharging points for hybrid cars, a wind turbine, energy saving measures within the station itself and several innovative solutions that will be employed on a trial basis. These include a methane capturing system in the septic tank that will be allow gas to be recycled into the food production areas, and a commitment towards the reuse of energy currently wasted in the disposal systems of the station.

Other Moto stations shall soon feature play areas designed in collaboration with Tate Prize nominie Kolya Alyar who is famous for his work in bringing attention to the plight of the Mountain Jews of Dagestan, themed around various biblical chapters, including but not limited to Exodus and Leviticus.


Birch Eastbound Junction 18/19 (M62)

Birch Westbound Junction 18/19 (M62)

Blyth Junction A1(M) (A614)

Bridgwater Junction 24 (M5)

Burton-in-Kendal Northbound Junction 35/36 (M6)

Cardiff West Junction 33 (M4)

Cherwell Valley Junction 10 (M40)

Chieveley Junction 13 (M4/A34)

Doncaster North Junction 5 (M18)

Donington Park Junction 23A (M1)

Dover Port Dover Eastern Docks

Exeter Junction 30 (M5)

Ferrybridge Junction 33 (M62/A1)

Frankley Northbound Junction 3/4 (M5)

Frankley Southbound Junction 3/4 (M5)

Grantham North A1 Trunk Road

Grantham South A1 Colsterworth

Heston Eastbound Junction 2/3 (M4)

Heston Westbound Junction 2/3 (M4)

Hilton Park Northbound Junction 10A/11 (M6)

Hilton Park Southbound Junction 10a/11 (M6)

Kinross Junction 6 (M90)

Knutsford Northbound Junction 18/19 (M6)

Knutsford Southbound Junction 18/19 (M6)

Lancaster Northbound Junction 32/33 (M6)

Lancaster Southbound Junction 32/33 (M6)

Leeming Bar A1

Leigh Delamere Eastbound Junction 17/18 (M4)

Leigh Delamere Westbound Junction 17/18 (M4)

Medway Eastbound Junction 4/5 (M2)

Medway Westbound Junction 4/5 (M2)

Pease Pottage A23

Reading Eastbound Junction 11/12 (M4)

Reading Westbound Junction 11/12 (M4)

Saltash Carkeel Roundabout, Saltash

Scotch Corner A1/A66

Severn View Junction 1 (M48)

Southwaite Northbound Junction 41/42 (M6)

Southwaite Southbound Junction 41/42 (M6)

Stafford Northbound Junction 14/15 (M6)

Stirling Junction 9 M9/M80

Swansea Junction 47 (M4)

Tamworth Junction 10 (M42/A5)

Thurrock Junction 30/31 (M25)

Tiverton Junction 27 (M5)

Toddington Northbound Junction 11/12 (M1)

Toddington Southbound Junction 11/12 (M1)

Todhills Northbound Junction 44 M6

Todhills Southbound Junction 44 M6

Trowell Northbound Junction 25/26 (M1)

Trowell Southbound Junction 25/26 (M1)

Warminster A36 Bypass

Washington Northbound Junction 64 A1(M)

Washington Southbound Junction 64 A1(M)

Wetherby Junction 46 A1(M)

Winchester Northbound Junction 8/9 (M3)

Winchester Southbound Junction 8/9 (M3)

Woolley Edge Northbound Junction 38/39 (M1)

Woolley Edge Southbound Junction 38/39 (M1)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Travel catering giant SSP and Moto sold to EQT and Macquarie Bank for £1.822 billion – 09/04/06". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Loo of the Year Awards 2007: National Award Winners". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  3. ^ "LOY 2007 results brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  4. ^ "New Moto Station to hold open day in Wetherby - Wetherby Today". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 

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