Costa Coffee is expanding further into the UK roadside market. M&C Report understands that Whitbread’s coffee-house brand is close to securing its first drive-through site and has also agreed a tie up with motorway service station operator Moto. The group, which is led by Alan Parker, is in discussions to open a drive through in Kent. It will be the first of several in a trial of the drive through format and comes just weeks after rival Starbucks opened its own drive-through, in Cardiff. Parker, chief executive, told M&C: “It is something we are going to look at and pilot with a small number of outlets in the UK. We think it’s a model that could really work well in the UK.” The group has also opened three sites in partnership with Moto – at Cardiff, Heston and Swansea – the first of 20 planned at its motorway stations. It already has a presence in the service station space through an agreement with RoadChef. Parker said that it planned to beat last year’s Costa openings by launching a total of more than 300 new coffee houses – both in the UK and in international markets.