Macquarie Group has appointed advisers for a potential £1.1bn sale of Moto Hospitality, Britain’s biggest motorway services company, writes The Times.

The Australian infrastructure company is understood to have appointed Citi Bank to advise on a potential sale of Moto, which has nearly 60 roadside stops and employs about 6,000 staff, before a deadline to refinance the group’s debt next March.

A Macquarie-led consortium acquired Moto from Compass in 2006.

Moto service stations feature Marks & Spencer Simply Food outlets, Burger King restaurants, Costa Coffee shops and WH Smith outlets.

The newspaper said sales auction is expected to attract interest from private equity groups, infrastructure businesses and other service station operators.

Last year, Moto reported EBITDA of £91m. Last March, it completed the successful placing of £445m of Senior Credit Facilities with a group of eight banks and issued £175m of second lien notes,

It said it would use the net proceeds of the new facilities along with cash on hand to repay its existing bank facilities and redeem the existing £176m second lien notes due in 2017.

Moto is currently trialing a new dining concept called Arlo’s pantry & kitchen at its Chieveley Service station on the M4 in Berkshire.

The trial restaurant opened in late March on the former site of Eat & Drink Co restaurant that closed in February. It features high stools in the seating area with a self-serve counter.