Fuel Deserts Being Created In Britain


The total number of petrol stations in Britain has hit an all time low. There are concerns that because there are 31 million cars on the road but with fewer petrol stations present than there was 20 years ago many areas could end up having no where for motorists to refuel or shop.

Closures which occur for many years are being branded the reason as to why so many petrol stations in certain parts of the UK have disappeared. It is the Southern parts of England who are suffering the most from a lack of petrol stations.

Although closures are one of the main reasons as to why fuel deserts have been created in Britain there are also a number of other factors which need to be taken into account:

  • Volatile fuel prices
  • Uncertain economy
  • Unfavourable exchange rates
  • Changing retail landscapes
  • Fluctuating land prices
  • Supply chain costs

Massive inconveniences have been caused to people who have to go to another neighbouring town just too simply get some fuel. With local petrol stations adding value to the community the loss of them alongside the loss of local shops, pubs, and post offices is proving too much for many people.

Currently the ten areas of mainland Britain with the busiest fuel pumps are:

  1. Torridge, Devon (11,300 cars per petrol station)
  2. Slough, Berkshire (10,200 cars per petrol station)
  3. Rushmoor, Hampshire (10,100 cars per petrol station)
  4. Broadland, Norfolk (9,900 cars per petrol station)
  5. Maldon, Essex (9,200 cars per petrol station)
  6. Rochford, Essex, (7,500 cars per petrol station)
  7. Adur, West Sussex, (7,200 cars per petrol station)
  8. Oadby and Wigston, Leicestershire, (7,100 cars per petrol station)
  9. South Norfolk (6,600 cars per petrol station)
  10. Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland (6,500 cars per petrol station)
25th October 2011, 14:40