Fuel and petrol stations in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Despite the United Kingdom being the second biggest car market in Europe, it only ranks sixth in terms of number of petrol stations. Italy is home to the greatest number of such stations, with figures roughly 2.5 times the number reported for the UK.
From 2000 to 2019, over 35 percent of open petrol stations in the country closed, although the rate at which numbers decreased had slowed by 2010. Figures fell to their lowest point by late 2019, when only 8,385 sites were available or in development. The independent distributor Certas Energy saw the most closures, with 53 fixed stations being made obsolete between 2018 and 2019. By comparison, ExxonMobil’s Esso had opened 27 new petrol stations, more than any other brand.

The UK is Europe’s most expensive country for the sale of diesel fuel next to Sweden. In both countries, diesel fuel costs averaged at 1.32 British pounds per liter. Taxes and duties in the UK account for 80 pence per liter, notably more than in any other European country, with the pre-tax price at merely 52 pence per liter. Diesel prices saw a net increase between early 2015 and early 2020, with a peak of 136.7 pence per liter paid during October 2018.

Supermarkets consistently offered the most competitive prices. In 2019, diesel bought at supermarket affiliated stores was on average three pence cheaper per liter when compared to the UK mean. It is thus unsurprising that supermarkets are also among the leading petrol stations for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles when looking at volumes sold. Of the leading five brands, four are supermarket chains, with Sainsbury coming in first, selling 11,768 kiloliters per annum in forecourts.

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