M5 fuel price indicator trialRecently updated

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 are 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 are 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 is to determine whether the new fuel comparison price signs are 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 have 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 M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound at junction J20 . Reason : Bridge repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Reason : Bridge repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J17 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 July 2018 to 05:00 on 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M32 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 2 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound at junction J15 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:01 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 30 July 2018 to 3 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M32 northbound between junction J1 and the M4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 2 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:01 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 30 July 2018 to 3 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 05:00 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm

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