August 3, 2008

‘Greedy’ Shell Slammed for High Prices at New Station

Petrol giant Shell has been accused of profiteering after opening a new service station with some of the highest petrol and gas prices in Derbyshire.

On Tuesday, the firm opened an outlet at the new 24-hour Extra service area at Willington, built on 15 acres of farmland alongside the Toyota roundabout, where the A38 and A50 meet.

It is the latest stage of a pounds7.5m development, spearheaded by Lincoln-based Swayfields, which also includes an 81-bedroom hotel and pub. The project is expected to create 60 jobs.

But motorist Adrian Pegg, who lives in Castle Way, Willington, said: "I was particularly keen because I heard they were going to sell LPG, which I paid pounds2,000 to have my car converted for. But the garage is charging motorway service prices for its fuels. This seems like pure greed."

Unleaded petrol at the station costs 120.9p a litre and LPG 61.9p. That compares to the Shell stations in Allestree and Ockbrook, where unleaded is 112.9p a litre and LPG is 53.9p.

The average price for unleaded petrol in Derbyshire is 115.9p, according to, while the LPG average is 56.7p.

A Swayfields spokeswoman said: "The prices are down to Shell. We are only the landlords. We have no control over the pricing."

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