Almost nine out of ten UK drivers within five miles of supermarket fuel
Analysis by the RAC Foundation shows that 87% of car-owning households in the UK are located within 5 miles of a supermarket petrol station.
However that still leaves 2,255,866 car-owning households more than 5 miles from supermarket petrol.
Work by the Foundation shows that there are approximately 1240 filling stations owned and operated by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When the net is cast wider the study found that 97% of car-owning households are within 10 miles of supermarket fuel and 99% are within 15 miles.
The research is released as the latest petrol price war between supermarket fuel retailers continues. The full analysis shows that:
|Country||Number of car owning households||% of car-owning households within 5 miles of supermarket fuel||% of car-owning households within 10 miles of supermarket fuel||% of car-owning households within 15 miles of supermarket fuel||Absolute number of car owning households not within 5 miles of supermarket fuel|
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
“Whatever your view on the competition between fuel retailers, this shows the vast majority of drivers are in reasonable reach of a supermarket forecourt. And given that most fuel retailers will cluster around centres of population there will be the chance to exercise some choice.
“But because we are talking about such big numbers of car-owning households there is still a significant number of drivers who live in areas sparsely populated in terms of both people and services, and who therefore will have no real alternatives as to where they buy their fuel.
“We wait with interest to see what the current Office of Fair Trading call for evidence into the petrol and diesel sector concludes when it reports early in New Year.”
The research plotted ONS census data against information received from the four major supermarkets.
It excludes those forecourts with a supermarket branded shop but fuel sold under another supplier’s name – e.g. Tesco Express shops with Esso forecourts. Distances are ‘as the crow flies’.