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
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  December 2017
Programme:  

What impact will this have on my journey?

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Progress report

The signs displaying motorway fuel prices are now in operation on the M5 southbound, between Bristol (junction 18) and Exeter (junction 30).

What next?

To help us evaluate the trial you can provide feedback on the new electronic signs by completing our questionnaire. We will then make a decision as to whether the signs should be implemented on a wider scale.

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

The signs display 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 MSAs are included in this trial:
  • Gordano
  • Sedgemoor
  • Bridgwater
  • Taunton Deane
  • Exeter
Moto, Shell and Welcome Break are the companies directly participating in the trial. You can view a location plan and an image of how the signs appear under ‘Publications’. We will monitor and evaluate the trial over 18 months, after which we will make a decision regarding wider implementation.

Aims

We are measuring 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
We are using CCTV as one of our methods to monitor and evaluate whether these new signs impact upon driver behaviour. The information is being collected only for the research purposes of this trial and will not be shared with any other parties.

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Artist's impression of the fuel sign |
Location plan |

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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

Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 09:30 on 27 January 2017 to 15:30 on 27 January 2017. Location : The M49 northbound between the junctions with the M5 and the M4 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 12:30 on 31 March 2017. Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 12:30 on 30 March 2017. Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 February 2017 to 15 February 2017. Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J18 and J20 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 09:30 on 25 January 2017 to 15:30 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 09:30 on 25 January 2017 to 15:30 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M49 northbound between the junctions with the M5 and the M4 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 15 February 2017. Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J17 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2017 to 06:30 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J17 and J16 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2017 to 06:30 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 12:30 on 23 January 2017 to 16:00 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2017 to 06:30 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M4 eastbound at junction J20 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 09:30 on 26 January 2017 to 15:30 on 26 January 2017. Location : The M49 northbound between the junctions with the M5 and the M4 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2017 to 06:30 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M49 northbound between the junctions with the M5 and the M4 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 27 January 2017 to 17:00 on 27 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2017 to 06:30 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 09:30 on 24 January 2017 to 15:30 on 24 January 2017. Location : The junction of the M5 J18 and the M49 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 27 January 2017 to 17:00 on 27 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J16 and J17 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 09:30 on 24 January 2017 to 15:30 on 24 January 2017. Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2017 to 06:30 on 23 January 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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