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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: 19 March 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands122.46131.58119.60
North East121.7959.90131.53118.66
North West122.0658.80129.31118.83
Northern Ireland121.4469.90127.23119.16
South East123.2769.90131.23120.66
South West122.83128.65119.82
West Midlands121.83129.90119.22
Yorkshire & Humber121.66129.86118.80

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