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A-Road Operators

A summary of the larger, multiple forecourt, operators on the A-road network, covered on this site. Other large operators may exist but are confined to urban areas not covered on this site. In addition the major fuel brands have/had their own corporate sites for these see BP Express, TCS, Star Services, ROC and Shell, although the major fuel companies are now selling off significant numbers of sites to independent operators.

Unlike the full Motorway Services operators, which run everything self branded or franchised, these operators generally operate the fuel forecourt and associated shop/cafe, which explains the wide use of franchise convenience shop brands. All other facilities are ground leased to independent operators (i.e. motels and restaurants).

Bayford Group

for details Gulf

Operate a number of sites under the franchised name, although some sites are sold on to smaller operators including Penny Petroleum.

The Co-operative Group

Also known as United Co-Op and parent group of associated brand Co-op Food, it has over 300 sites (142 taken over with the Somerfield business). Many of their sites are accompanied by the Food brand. Trades with forecourts of various brands including BP and Texaco.

formed: ?
locations: ~300
fuel brands: Texaco
website: ?

Sites include

Exelby Services

Exelby Services Ltd are a operator of a group of services spread across north of England, generally larger sites aimed at the HGV trade, but providing facilities for all road users. One of the largest suppliers of bunkered fuel in the UK. Generally trades with Shell fuel forecourts.

formed: 1976
locations: 5
fuel brands: Shell

Sites include


for details MFG


for details MRH

Murco Petroleum

for details Murco

The name for Murco's former filling station sites who operated a number of self branded sites and major fuel branded sites. All of these sites are now operated by MFG and are operated under BP, Jet and Texaco fuel brands.

Nightowl Truckstops

Formerly the largest provider of truckstop style services nationwide, established from the purchase of BPs corporate truck-stop business. But the increasing costs of fuel coupled to the burden of the previous large expansion and the expiration of leases, caused the company to shrink considerably, leaving it to be a relatively small player. Now owned by Stobart Group.

formed: 2002
locations: 2
fuel brands: Own brand

Sites include

  • Alconbury (A1(M)/A14) – Now Closed
  • Barton Park - Sold to Moto
  • Carlisle (A689) (industrial estate near M6)
  • Rugby (A5, advertised as being off the M1)
  • Washington (A1(M)) - Now Closed (close to Washington services)
  • Wolverhampton (M54) - Now Closed, was signposted from the motorway


Rontec was formed in 2011 to take over the assets of TCS which were being sold by owner Total. in more recent years they have taken over a lot of former ROC On the Run and Snack & Shop stores, always introducing an own brand Shop 'n Drive and Costa Express, and sometimes Subway. Rontec is a combination of a number of investors including independent forecourt operator Snax 24. This takeover continues the trend (started by Texaco sale to Pace, now MRH) towards major fuel suppliers leaving the forecourt business.

formed: 2011
locations: 209
fuel brands: Esso, BP, Shell

Sites include

Snax 24

Snax 24 was a company which ran petrol forecourts / service areas across the UK. The Snax 24 name could also be used as, and started as the a company in retail shop associated with their forecourts, but in the end their sites were more commonly associated with a Mace store. Recently merged with Rontec.

formed: 1993
locations: 43
fuel brands: BP

Sites included