Petrol station fuel sales have still only reached 82% of their pre-lockdown levels despite steady week-on-week increases in sales and traffic since mid-April.

The latest weekly figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) showed fuel sales in Great Britain for the week ending July 19 had climbed to 82% of pre-lockdown levels.

This was an increase of 2.7% compared with the previous seven days, with average diesel sales at 84% and petrol sales at 80% of a typical week before lockdown, with average daily sales of 8,740 litres of diesel and 5,830 litres of petrol.

In the eight weeks prior to the lockdown on March 23 average daily sales were 17,690 litres per filling station, with a peak of 20,983 on Friday February 28. After the lockdown they fell rapidly bottoming out at 2,522 litres on Sunday April 12.

Since then average sales have climbed steadily, and for the week ending July 19 there was a daily average of 14,570 litres.

Daily transport usage figures from the Department for Transport have also grown steadily with HGV usage at 98% of pre-lockdown levels between Monday to Friday July 13-17. Van usage also averaged 93%, but car usage lagged behind with daily figures of 79% to 86%.

Usage at the weekends has been much closer to pre-lockdown levels with Sunday July 12 notching up HGV use at 111%, vans at 108% and cars at 95% for an overall rating of 99%.