Subway has opened a drive-through in Swindon – its first in southern England.

The site, which is next to a Travelodge and close to a retail park, is Subway’s sixth drive-through in the UK and Ireland. The others are in the northern towns of Rochdale, Salford, Wakefield and Guisborough, as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The store is owned by Sue and Steve Pasco, who currently operate 15 other franchise stores in Bristol and the surrounding area. The couple are also development agents for Subway and offer support to other franchise owners on areas such as site selection and operations.

Sue Pasco said she was “delighted to have opened our first drive-through store”, adding that the next-door Travelodge opened up another customer base for the store.

Drive-through sites have been of growing interest to baked goods retailers, with Greggs and Tim Hortons among those operating them. Last January, Scottish business Stephens opened what it claimed was the first independent bakery drive-through.

Subway currently has 2,500 stores in the UK and Ireland and more than 43,000 worldwide across 110 countries.