M5 fuel price indicator trial

Introduction of signs displaying the price of fuel at motorway service areas along the M5.

Region:  South West
Start date:  February 2016
Cost:  ¬£2 million
Status:  COMPLETED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  December 2017
Programme:  

Progress report

The trial of motorway fuel pricing signs has now ended. The findings show that the trial has not delivered a sustained economic benefit to create a business case to roll-out fuel pricing signs nationally.

At Highways England, we're committed to improving our service to customers across the network. We’re working hard to help customers feel safe on the network, to provide the information drivers need to take control of their journeys and to improve the overall customer experience.

What's next?

We're now exploring innovation to ensure the signs' supporting infrastructure will be re-purposed to deliver customer benefits in terms of safety messages and journey information. The suite of messages to be used will be developed with input from both customers and motorway service area operators.

Timeline

Date Event
February 2016 Start of trial
December 2017 End of trial

Why we need this scheme

Following a Department for Transport led feasibility study and after asking for your feedback, we agreed a trial to monitor and evaluate the impact of displaying motorway service area (MSA) fuel prices on roadside electronic signs.

The trial was to determine whether the new fuel comparison price signs were effective in providing useful information to road users and to understand the impact of improving fuel price transparency on driver behaviour and fuel prices at MSAs.

The scheme in detail

As part of the trial we installed signs on the M5 southbound, between Bristol (junction 18) and Exeter (junction 30) displaying the real-time price of unleaded petrol and diesel for the next three motorway service areas along the route, together with the distance to the services. Five Motorway Service Areas were included in this trial:

  • Gordano
  • Sedgemoor
  • Bridgwater
  • Taunton Deane
  • Exeter

You can view a location plan and an image of how the signs appear under ‚ÄėDocuments'.

We've measured a number of factors to determine the success of the trial. These are:

  • safety - having no discernible impact to safety for all road user groups
  • customer - providing a useful and effective information service to the customer
  • technical performance - providing a high performing and accurate messaging system
  • economic - cost/benefit analysis of providing motorists with price transparency

As part of the trial we used CCTV to monitor and evaluate whether these new signs impact upon driver behaviour. The information was collected only for the research purposes of this trial and will not be shared with any other parties.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M32 southbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 February 2019 to 06:00 on 28 February 2019.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 6:55 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 6:55 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:00 on 24 September 2018 to 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 6:02 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 5:51 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J16 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 5:33 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 2:25 pm
Location : The M5 northbound at junction J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 1 March 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2019 to 06:00 on 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 1 March 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2019 to 06:00 on 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M48 westbound entry slip at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:45 on 18 January 2019 to 06:00 on 30 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There are lane closures.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:16 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 26 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:16 am
Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 26 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:15 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:15 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 00:01 on 15 September 2018 to 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:15 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:15 am
Location : The M48 westbound entry slip at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:31 on 18 January 2019 to 06:00 on 30 April 2019.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:15 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2019 to 01:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 27 February 2019.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J15 and J17 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 February 2019 to 01:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M4 eastbound exit slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 February 2019 to 05:00 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J15 from M4 eastbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 00:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 01:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2019 to 01:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 27 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M5 northbound at junction J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am

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