FUEL PRICES BEING DISPLAYED ON PART OF M5
Drivers using a section of the M5, between Bristol and Exeter will soon benefit from new signs showing the price of fuel along the motorway, say the DfT (Department of Transport).
The move is part of a trial by Highways England designed to give drivers more information to help their journeys and to boost competition on fuel prices. Five motorway service areas are involved in the trial which, depending on the results, could ultimately be rolled out nationally.
Electronic message signs will show the price of fuel at Gordano, Sedgemoor, Bridgwater, Taunton Deane and Exeter motorway service areas.
Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “The government is on the side of the honest motorist who have raised concerns for too long about petrol prices at motorway service stations.
“This trial will allow drivers to be much better informed about the cost of fuel and make it easier to plan their breaks around the cheapest deals.”
The trial will run until the end of 2017 during which time Highways England will be monitoring the effectiveness of the signs in providing useful information to road users, understanding the impact on improving fuel prices and also carefully monitoring whether there are any safety implications such a more cases of running out of fuel. (Source: DfT press release.)