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Todhills South
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Name Todhills South
Number 560 (estimated)
Year Opened 2000/01
Year Closed 2008
Road A74
Location Todhills, Cumbria
County Cumbria
Postcode CA6 4HA

The Todhills South branch was a former Little Chef restaurant on the southbound side of the A74 dual carriageway between Carlisle and the Scottish border.

Opened between 2000 and 2001, Todhills South Little Chef and Travelodge were built on the site of the former Moss Truckstop, opening alongside the existing BP filling station. The site was located opposite the existing Todhills Little Chef on the northbound carriageway which now became known as Todhills North

This made Todhills Little Chef's 3rd dual site on the A74 (although the other 2 were both long gone by this point) and is the last Little Chef dual site to be created to date.

In 2002, Compass sold Little Chef and Travelodge to Permira of Canada but retained a handfull of Little Chef sites to be managed by their motorway services devision, Moto. Todhills North and South were amongst these. The Little Chefs would be retained under a franchise agreement.

In the mid 2000s, construction began on upgrading the A74 between the Scottish Border and Carlisle, known as the Cumberland Gap, to motorway. This final section would complete the motorway between Glasgow and Carlisle. What though would be the fate of the Little Chefs? In 1992 when the Cumberland Gap upgrade was first discussed, written approval was given by the Transport Minister to allow the facilities to remain connected to the new motorway yet the facilities that Todhills provided were not sufficient to constitute a motorway service area under English legislation. In 2008 all became clear. Under new legislation, Todhills was able to become the UK's only Motorway Rest Area. This would allow it to remain connected to the motorway yet it would not have to provide the same level of facilities of a full blown motorway service area. However, by this time, site operator Moto was now owned by a new company who had decided to end their franchise agreement with Little Chef and instead bring in Costa. Thus, in 2008, coinciding with the opening of the new section of motorway, both Little Chefs were replaced by Costa which they trade as today.