ONS data reveals UK Petrol station numbers have declined by 22% since 2011

By Vili Georgieva - October 13, 2021

The Office of National Statistics released new Official Labour Market statistics for the year 2021 this month. Analysed by DevicePilot, the data shows that the number of local/specialised petrol stations in the UK has declined by more than 1,000 in the last decade, by approximately 22% (from 5,280 in 2011 to 4,120 in 2021).

The dataset should not be compared to the numbers provided by the Petrol Retailers Association in its annual report, but they offer an interesting snapshot regarding changing forecourt trends nonetheless, especially in the wake of the recent petrol shortage and with the emergence of Electric Vehicles in the UK. The ONS numbers are very specific and only measure petrol stations with a 47300 SIC code: Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores. As such, the data reflects trends of local specialised petrol stations typically found in UK towns and cities, as opposed to forecourts that are part of supermarkets or motorway services.    

Its more evidence that EVs are the future and fossil fuels are the past.

ONS petrol stations

The ONS labour market statistics can be downloaded via the Nomis website.

For an overview of how the UK and local councils are adapting to an electric future and the challenges this poses, download our report PAIN POINTS: EV CHARGING IN THE UK - 2021 AND BEYOND


See how DevicePilot can make the difference


Industry leaders trust DevicePilot to help them improve the quality of the service they deliver at scale.

  • Eliminate revenue loss
  • Deliver a better service with the same human resource
  • Focus on growth and not firefighting
  • Get customer satisfaction through the roof

Book your personalised demo now and discover how DevicePilot can help you scale your connected business

Erik in a circle-1

Erik Fairbairn, CEO at POD Point:
Achieved 99% uptime across device estate

"We're totally data driven at POD Point, and if we can answer a question using data then we think that’s the best way - there’s no guesswork and you can use the facts.

Our DevicePilot dashboards have really let us get that actionable insight out of our devices."