Petrol station shortages: Which London areas are most likely to run out of fuel

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The LondonWorld data team looked at which areas in London have fewer filling stations, and which are most likely to have petrol.

There are 25 areas of London which have fewer petrol stations than the national average - and could be hit hard by the current crisis.

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Places which may feel any temporary closures the keenest are those with fewer filling stations.

It is thought there are more than 300 petrol stations across London, however they are not spread evenly.

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See how many petrol stations there are in your area, with our interactive map.


Which parts of London could be most at risk of petrol station shortages?

Out of the 73 Parliamentary constituencies across London with data, 25 have fewer petrol stations than the national average.

That’s more than a third of all the areas.

These constituencies have between two and zero petrol stations in them - serving around 80,000 people.

As they are serving more people compared to other areas, the garages could run out of fuel faster than ares with more filling stations.

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These areas are: Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Bexleyheath and Crayford, Chelsea and Fulham, Chipping Barnet, Ealing, Southall, Finchley and Golders Green, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Hackney South and Shoreditch, Hampstead and Kilburn, Holborn and St Pancras, Islington North, Islington South and Finsbury, Kensington, Lewisham West and Penge, Lewisham, Deptford, Leyton and Wanstead, Mitcham and Morden, Old Bexley and Sidcup, Putney, Richmond Park, Romford, Tooting, Tottenham, Twickenham, Westminster North.

The government is urging the public to only purchase fuel when and if they require it.The government is urging the public to only purchase fuel when and if they require it.
The government is urging the public to only purchase fuel when and if they require it.

Which parts of London are most likely to have petrol?

Out of the 73 Parliamentary constituencies analysed, just nine areas have more petrol stations than the national average.

These places have between eight and 12 filling stations, and tend to be located in the outer London boroughs.

Due to the high number of garages, they could be more likely to still have petrol as fewer drivers may use them.

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These areas are: Brent Central, Brent North, Dulwich and West Norwood, Ealing North, Edmonton, Feltham and Heston, Hornchurch and Upmister, Orpington and Sutton and Cheam.

If your parliamentary constituency has not been listed, then it has the same number of petrol stations as the national average - between three and seven.


Could this make my petrol more expensive?

The average pump price of petrol has gone up by half a penny in the past two days, according to the AA.

Unleaded prices have now hit an eight-year high.

This is despite the introduction of the cheaper E10 (10% ethanol) fuel, which became the standard petrol on forecourts on 1 September.

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Edmund King, the AA’s president, said petrol prices had risen by half a penny “when it should be 2.5p lower” after E10’s introduction.

In London, drivers pay the most for their petrol.

Last month, the average price was 136.3p per litre across the capital, while in Northern Ireland it was 131.9p, according to the AA.

How can I find the cheapest petrol near me?

There are various comparison websites which will tell you where you can buy the cheapest petrol in your area, such as this tool by

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