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Roadchef enhances disabled facilities

Motorway service area operator Roadchef has opened a new toilet facility for disabled customers at its Norton Canes site on the M6 Toll road.

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Prison officer fined for supplying counterfeit tobacco

Imperial Tobacco has assisted Devon and Cornwall Police in securing the conviction of a prison officer who was attempting to smuggle counterfeit tobacco into HMP Dartmoor.

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Prolific thieves convicted for stealing from forecourt shops

Two prolific shoplifters who targeted forecourt shop in St Albans and Borehamwood have both been sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

Norman Graham, regional manager, Maxol Oils (left), and licensee Eugene McAuley

Maxol rewards team for high standard of service

Eugene McAuley and his staff at the Maxol Service Station at Draperstown, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, were recently recognised by Maxol for achieving Excellence in Customer Experience.

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London Transport tenders for hydrogen buses

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a tender for the bulk procurement of hydrogen fuel cell buses.

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Taxi LPG conversions plan to tackle air pollution

Retrofitting black cabs to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is being considered as a key solution for confronting the UK’s air quality crisis, as part of the Government’s draft air quality plan which was published last week.

Colin Darroch, head of container terminal operations, Peel Ports Group (left), and Andrew Goodwin, national bunker manager, Certas Energy

Certas rolls out cleaner diesel at Port of Liverpool

A state-of-the-art 24-hour HGV fuel station at the Port of Liverpool will become the first port in the UK to offer Shell GTL Fuel – which is claimed to be a cleaner alternative to conventional diesel fuel.

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New vehicles on UK roads hit record high

The number of all new vehicles taking to UK roads, including lorries and buses, has hit a record high, spurred on by April’s change to Vehicle Excise Duty for new cars, according to AA analysis.

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Charges after queuing police spot suspicious activity

Two men have been charged with making off without payment, after police officers refuelling their patrol car spotted suspicious activity at the petrol station.

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Motorcycle sales down 16% in April

April marked a 16% decline in motorcycle sales with only 10,365 bikes registered – compared to 12,343 bikes put on the road in the same period last year, according to the latest Motor Cycle Industry Association figures for motorcycle registrations.

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Robbers leave explosives attached to cash machine

A “suspicious device” found attached to a cash machine on a forecourt in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, is believed to have been put there by robbers trying to blow it up.

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Shell and BMW design new hydrogen dispenser

Shell and a BMW Group subsidiary, Designworks, have collaborated in the launch of a new hydrogen dispenser that is radically different to pumps for other road fuels.

Welsh rugby stars at reopening of Maesteg filling station

Oil 4 Wales invests £200k in Maesteg revamp

Fuel supplier and forecourt owner Oil 4 Wales has reopened its service station at Maesteg in South Wales after a £200,000 redevelopment.

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Brokers predict sales of diesel cars will decline

Nearly a third of brokers expect sales of diesel cars to decrease this year following media scares, according to a survey by Paragon Car Finance.

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Kay Group secures fourth new-to-industry site

Top 50 Indie The Kay Group has secured planning permission for its fourth new-to-industry site in 12 months.

New car sales slump 20% following 'quiet' April

New passenger car registrations fell by nearly 20% in April, with a total of 152,076 units registered, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trading (SMMT).

Supermarkets unleash a flurry of fuel price cuts

All the major supermarkets have announced price cuts at the pump, just as the RAC has released its latest report claiming that the drop in the price of oil and jump in the value of sterling should give retailers a chance to pass on savings.

Scary result of Chartman team-building exercise

Motorists visiting the Winning Post Service Station on Exeter’s Haldon Hill are currently being entertained by a collective of scarecrows produced by each of the south west’s Chartman-owned stores.

Gloucester site added to Euro Garages portfolio

Euro Garages has acquired another forecourt in the south west - Churcham Garage, Gloucester.

Maxol opens largest-ever forecourt development

Maxol has opened the doors to its largest ever development in Northern Ireland at Tannaghmore, County Antrim.

Certas Energy appoints new finance director

Steve Little has joined Certas Energy as its new finance director with a brief to develop improvements across the business and add value to its domestic and commercial customers.

ACS calls on Ofgem to include local shops in proposals to limit back-billing

ACS has called on energy regulator Ofgem to ensure that local shops and other small businesses are included in proposals to limit back-billing of electricity and gas. Currently, suppliers have signed up to voluntary agreements to only back-bill domestic consumers for a maximum of 12 months. Ofgem is looking at whether to introduce licence obligations for suppliers, due to the regulator stating that: “We are not confident that the principle is being applied consistently across the market and are concerned that not all suppliers have appropriate back-billing arrangements in place.”

Shoplifting on the rise, says ONS

An 8% rise in recorded shoplifting incidents has been revealed in the latest figures released by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the year ending December 2016 in England and Wales.

Top honours for Hoyer fuel delivery drivers

Three Hoyer drivers have taken top honours in the Hoyer Petrolog Driver Of The Year Awards, 2017. The overall winner was Sion Williams (ShellFleet, Stanlow), runner up was David Young (EssoFleet, Grangemouth); while Stephen Pick (Shell Fleet, Kingsbury) came third.

One week to go for old fivers as legal tender

The Bank of England has issued a reminder that it will be withdrawing legal tender status of the paper £5 note, featuring Elizabeth Fry, next Friday, May 5 2017. It is encouraging anyone who still has paper £5 notes to spend them during the forthcoming week. At the start of April there were still around 160 million notes left in circulation.

End of the road for Seven Ways Service Station

Seven Ways Service Station, a BWOC site in Bristol, is closing down this week due to economic reasons, after failing to find a buyer.

Sentinel roll-out boosts Jet's quality fuels offering

The premium fuels market is growing across the UK and certainly for the Jet brand, according to Graham Clout, retail sales manager at Phillips 66, speaking at this week’s Forecourt Show.

St Blazey signs new five-year deal with Gulf

Barrie Richards, proprietor of St Blazey Service Station, Cornwall has selected Gulf as his fuel brand for a further five years. 

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NFDA calls for more electric charging points

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is warning government and the automotive industry they will need to maintain their active encouragement for consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs).

Additional police drafted in after armed robbery in Hull

Extra police officers were drafted into East Hull after armed robbers raided a service station and a cyclist was also attacked.

Intruders spray cashier with unknown substance

Hampshire Police are appealing after intruders sprayed an unknown substance into the face of a 25-year-old female cashier at the Courtesy filling station in Romsey Road, Cadnam.

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ACS chief sets out its priorities for election at Summit17

The Association of Convenience Stores has set out its priorities for government ahead of the election on June 8 and called on the sector to get involved to promote the work being done by convenience store owners and their staff in communities.

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Top 50 Indie Chartman shortlisted for Grocer Gold award

Top 50 Indie Chartman has been shortlisted as the Retail Chain of the Year 2017 in the prestigious Grocer Gold awards, run by Forecourt trader’s sister publication The Grocer.

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Rapleys predicts more closed forecourt sites will reopen

Property consultancy Rapleys LLP is predicting more former forecourt sites will be reopened after it secured the sale of a site that had been closed several years ago.

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Jos Richardson and Son completes £4m redevelopment

East Yorkshire-based Jos Richardson and Son will mark 125 years in business with the official opening of its new service station and truck stop development at Goole on May 5.

Greenergy lorries at Thames Oilport

Greenergy opens Thames Oilport for road-loading of diesel

Greenergy has begun road-loading of diesel and heating oil at Thames Oilport, giving it a supply location in the South East of England.

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Smuggler sentenced to three years in jail

A lorry driver caught smuggling around 900 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, a small quantity of cocaine and amphetamine, CS Gas and eight dangerous knives into the UK has been jailed for three years, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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Motorists back three-year MOT says SMMT

British motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to the results of new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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One month to plain packaging warns ACS

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reminded retailers there is just one month to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive come into force.

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Electric car demand could overload grid

The UK’s energy system isn’t prepared for the growing number of consumers choosing to buy small scale energy technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new report by think tank Green Alliance.

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Topaz introduces new fuel brand

Irish forecourt operator Topaz is investing €6m in the roll-out of a new fuel brand, Miles, across its network, according to a report in The Irish Times.

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Co-op to invest £850,000 in site

Lincolnshire Co-op has revealed plans for an £850,000 redevelopment of its Gibbet Nook Filling Station, on the junction of the A153 and B1192 near Coningsby.

Combe Martin Petrol Station

C-store chain buys 16th forecourt

Central Convenience Stores has acquired its 16th forecourt with the purchase of Combe Martin Petrol Station in north Devon.

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Forecourt property values hit record high

Forecourt property values are at a record high, according to a new report by property advisors Barber Wadlow.

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Cloning device found on Asda pump

Police in Hull have warned drivers to check their bank accounts after a suspected card cloning device was found at a pay at pump machine on an Asda forecourt.

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ACS gears up for general election

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has outlined issues it would like to see addressed in political parties’ manifestoes, after Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to hold a General Election on June 8.

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Police release CCTV of attempted robbery

CCTV images have been released by police officers investigating an attempted robbery at a 24-hour filling station in Lancashire.

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Cashpoint attacked at Top Indie's site

Police are investigating after part of a cashpoint machine was stolen from the Esso garage, owned by Top 50 Indie MRH, at The Street in Great Barton, Suffolk.

White Horse Service Station in Middle Wallop, Hampshire

Hampshire forecourt adopts new Murco image

White Horse Service Station in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, has become the latest Murco dealer station to adopt its new image. The new image was provided as part of a re-signing package.

Hoyer extends delivery deal with Shell

Hoyer Petrolog has retained significant business with Shell delivering retail fuels in the UK. The new contract extends Hoyer’s relationship with Shell in the UK through to June 2020.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 24 July 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East116.0159.90124.64114.98
East Midlands115.3357.90125.01114.79
London115.8656.90126.28115.17
North East114.6459.90124.42114.29
North West115.4951.90125.52114.98
Northern Ireland114.44121.70113.75
Scotland115.1371.90123.35114.30
South East116.3148.90125.76115.34
South West115.8161.90123.70115.00
Wales115.06122.25114.40
West Midlands115.5562.90126.47115.00
Yorkshire & Humber115.27127.08114.68

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As the Government outlined its vision for the future of road travel in the recent Queen's speech, are you concerned about the potential cost implications for installing electric and hydrogen fuelling points