Petrol companies can plan for the future too
There are currently only four petrol stations serving motorists in Bath (five if you count the one at Hinton Charterhouse on the A36), and for a population of over 85,000, you start to wonder how sustainable this number will be in 15-20 years time with even more cars on our roads.
Nationally, across the country, the number of petrol stations has more than halved in 20 years. In 1991, there were 21,000 petrol stations, and there are now less than 9,000 remaining. What makes this even more shocking is that the number of cars on our roads has doubled during that time.
Back here in Bath, we seem to be coping reasonably well, and we don't seem to experience any huge queues when waiting to fill up our cars, but with the projected increases in population over the next 20 years, I wonder whether there is a need for the petrol companies to start planning for this population increase.
Government makes plans for new schools and hospitals, so surely petrol companies ought to be planning for new petrol stations? How about it?
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This dwindling number of petrol stations also means that we are having to drive further and further for our petrol, which means more expense and inconvenience, not to mention more carbon emissions too.
So in summary, the current situation is working reasonably well (luckily!), but when we do start to see longer and longer queues at petrol stations, perhaps then we should get on Facebook or Twitter, and then really start to complain.