Date of release: 20 May 2019 

More than 120 permanent jobs will be created if a planned, small-scale, motorway service area at Sawtry, near Peterborough, gets the green light.

Moto Hospitality Ltd, Britain’s biggest service area operator, is hoping to build the new site – which will be known as Sawtry Service Area if approved − at Junction 15 of the A1(M) and has launched a public consultation on the project, which represents a £20 million investment in the local economy.

If approved, the development, on the north-bound carriageway only, will transform a brown field site that is currently home to a disused budget hotel.

Local residents will get a chance to have their say on the proposals next month when the project team holds a public consultation. It will take place on Wednesday, 5 June between 3.00pm and 8.00pm in Sawtry Village Hall, Green End Road, Sawtry, PE28 5UY. As well as viewing plans and artists’ impressions, visitors will be able to speak to members of the project team about the proposal.

As well as the prospect of the permanent jobs it is hoped many more will be created in the local supply chain and during the construction phase.

The development will feature parking for all types of vehicles, as well as a Marks & Spencer “Simply Food” outlet.

Mark Franks, Moto’s Property Director, said: “This proposed service area will provide an important rest stop for what is a very busy stretch of motorway. In addition to providing that much needed facility, our plans will bring many new jobs as well as helping to secure investment in the local economy. We are delighted to consult with the people of the surrounding area and look forward to hearing their thoughts on the plans.”

Members of the public can also leave feedback and find answers to their questions at the project’s website:, which will be updated throughout the consultation process.