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High street chains accused of motorway rip-off

10 February, 2011

High street chains have been accused of ramping up prices on motorway service areas, following a What Car? survey. Researchers shopped for seven items in the WH Smith branches of 10 service stations and found prices were between 3% and 91% higher than on the high street.

They also shopped for five items in M&S Simply Food, and found that prices were between 7% and 25% higher on the motorway. Coffee and fast food, such as Burger King, also carried a hefty premium.

The report claimed the Department for Transport was concerned that motorists were facing ‘unreasonably high prices’ in motorway services. Roads Minister Mike Penning was quoted: “I am considering ways to reduce regulation, increase competition and improve the quality of service.”





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Weekly retail fuel prices: 2 September 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East132.3563.90140.80128.93
East Midlands132.1271.23141.73128.82
London131.70142.12129.26
North East130.66140.60128.17
North West131.39140.18128.47
Northern Ireland129.03134.10126.35
Scotland131.70139.60128.79
South East132.7358.90141.28129.68
South West131.9563.90140.12128.70
Wales130.9855.70137.19127.82
West Midlands131.6066.90140.32129.05
Yorkshire & Humber131.2384.90140.57128.52

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