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Fuel stations decline in the UK as charging points soar

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:00 -- Vic
Electric car charging station

There will soon be more public locations to charge electric cars in the UK than there are filling stations for conventional vehicles according to new analysis by Nissan.

At the end of 2015, there were just 8,472 fuel stations in the UK, down from 37,539 in 1970—a 77% drop. Assuming a steady rate of decline, Nissan predicts that by August 2020 this will fall to below 7,870.

The supply of fuel within London is also becoming scarcer. Central London has nearly half as many gasoline stations per car as the Scottish Highlands; only four remain within the congestion-charge zone. A notable closure in 2008 was one of the country’s oldest forecourts, the Bloomsbury Service Station, which had been operational since 1926.

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