Fuel prices at motorway services could be slashed by 15p per litre

Moto, the UK’s largest operator of MSAs, announced it will initially slash prices at five of its sites in the coming months.

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Drivers will benefit from fuel price cuts of 15p per litre at motorway service areas (MSAs).

Moto, the UK’s largest operator of MSAs, announced it will initially slash prices at five of its sites in the coming months.

It made the decision after securing permission to install roadside price displays at the locations, which are:

– Leigh Delamere eastbound and westbound MSAs between junctions 17 and 18 on the M4 near Chippenham, Wiltshire.

– Lancaster northbound and southbound MSAs between junctions 32 and 33 on the M6.

– Doncaster MSA at junction 5 of the M18.

Fuel bought at MSAs typically costs around 20p per litre more than the UK average.

Moto hopes it will be able to eventually install the new signs – and cut prices – at all of its 47 MSA forecourts.

The 15p reduction will bring Moto’s prices within 10p per litre of those charged by supermarket filling stations, according to the company.

Chief executive Ken McMeikan urged other motorway forecourt operators to slash their pump prices.

He said: “Today marks a hugely important next step in improving fuel price transparency on the motorways and in helping motorists’ money go further.

“We want to move quickly to install the signage and reduce prices at our sites as fast as we can.

“We have worked tirelessly to show National Highways that the new signage is a very sensible measure that will allow us to reduce prices for motorists.

“If other motorway operators also look to install the new fuel signage and lower prices at their sites, motorists will see fuel prices comparable to local high street forecourts up and down the UK’s motorways.”

The approval for the new displays follows a trial at Moto’s Frankley site on the M5 in Birmingham last year which resulted in more motorists stopping to refuel, enabling prices to be lowered.

Moto was required to demonstrate to National Highways that the signs provide useful information and do not distract drivers.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Moto’s bold decision to lower the cost of filling up at its service areas should permanently transform motorway fuel retailing for the benefit of everyone on the road.

“For years drivers have been confused as to why motorway fuel is so expensive and, as a result, many have actively avoided buying fuel at services, or only topped up with the bare minimum to get them to their destinations.

“Now drivers will be able to fill up on the motorway safe in the knowledge that they’ll be paying a fair price.

“We strongly urge all the other motorway service operators to follow Moto’s lead and give the UK’s drivers a better deal at their pumps.”

RAC figures show average prices at UK forecourts rose by less than 1p per litre in January, reaching 146p for petrol and 150p for diesel on Monday.

The organisation said drivers are getting a “better deal” as retailers cut their margins to “more normal levels”.

But it warned that “storm clouds are gathering” due to rising oil prices.