The Department of Transport has released plans for new signs to show fuel prices along the UK’s motorways, which they say will “boost competition on fuel prices.”

During a trial period, a stretch of the M5 between Bristol and Exeter will have signs installed to display the different prices for the five service stations in between.

Depending on the results of the trial, this could be rolled out nationwide as Highway England feel the need to give drivers more information on the roads.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones MP said, “The government is on the side of the honest motorist who have raised concerns for too long about petrol prices at motorway services stations.

“The trial will allow drivers to be much better informed about the costs of fuel and make it easier to plan their breaks around the cheapest deals.”

The UK average for a litre of diesel is the highest in Europe and with petrol prices also in the top five, it makes the UK one of the most expensive for drivers.

Highway England’s Chief Engineer Mike Wilson said, “Providing fuel prices information is an important part of a bigger picture.

“We want road users to be more informed, meaning they’ll be better prepared, more inclined to plan breaks and have a positive driving experience.”

The trial will run until the end of 2017, giving Highways England time to monitor cases of running out of fuel and the improvement of fuel prices.

It will involve the stations at Gordano, Sedgemoor, Bridgewater, Taunton Deane and Exeter motorway services.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 4, 2015