Petrol stations are in decline according to a new report from the Petrol Retails Association (PRA). There are now less than 9500 petrol forecourts in the UK, which is the lowest number since 1912.
150 petrol stations have already closed this year, according to the oil industry body Catalist and if the current rate of decline continues, it is likely that motorists will find it more and more difficult to fill up their cars, especially in rural areas or if they have small tanks. Filling station provision differs significantly accross the country, and in a world where we are trying to reduce miles driven, it is a nonsense that more and more drivers will find themselves travelling out of their way to fill up. Filling up ‘enroute’ is obviously the sensible and option, one which is taken up by significant numbers of motorists already, but we could see a future where dedicated fuel trips become a reality as fuel companies base their station locations on the fact that consumers have the ability to travel longer distances than ever before. Action is needed to prevent this unsavoury and unsatisfactory future scenario.