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A-Road Operators

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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 Connect, TCS, Star Services, Esso 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.

Co-Operative Fuels

Also known as United Co-Op and, Owned by the Co-Operative Group, parent group of associated brand The Co-Operative Food, it has over 200 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, as well as continuing to use the own brand Somerfield.

formed: ?
locations: ~300
fuel brands: BP, Texaco, Somerfield
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 BP fuel forecourts.

formed: 1976
locations: 5
fuel brands: BP

Sites include

Motor Fuel Group

Founded jointly Sailesh Sejpal and Sharad Raja, the Motor Fuels Group has slowly inveloped their previous businesses. Sej and Raj have individually been in the industry a long time, each for around 25 years prior to their joint business, starting out as hard-working commission operators.
Raj has a wholesaler business, Highway Stops Ltd, which specialises in oils and car care, and used to supply all Sej's sites, which traded as Fuelstop. Five years ago their long-standing friendship progressed to the point that they decided to join forces.
In 2002 they formed 'Fuelstop UK Ltd' jointly, and acquired four sites under that banner - on top of the 11 run by Sej and six run by Raj, which were initially kept separate. Based upon the idea that they'd open up new companies every time they bought a group of sites, to keep commitment low so if they wanted to off-load a number sites to somebody we could just sell the subsidiary company. Out of that operation was born Motor Fuel, which now, under its own independent banner, has 27 sites.
The Motor Fuel Group is currently working on bringing all the companies under one banner, along with 15 additional sites taken over from BP. Remaining separate within the Motor Fuel Group, Motor Fuel Solutions, which has 30 Total company-owned group-operated sites, which brings their total network to 70 sites.
While there was no particular strategy to the location of the groups sites, the way the Motor Fuels network has developed into sites just off the motorway networks. The company continues to grow with more acquisitions in from major petrol retailers such as the BP sites purchase.

formed: 2002
locations: 120+
fuel brands: BP, Total

Sites include

MRH Group

Formed from the merger of two large independant operators under a single owner.


Malthurst Group

Malthurst was a dealer group operating over 150 service stations in the UK, was one of the oldest and largest independent petrol retailers in the UK. Owned a number of larger service areas including the former Rainton site.

Pace Petroleum

The Pace brand had a strong heritage in the UK motor fuels market having originally been developed by the motor industry entrepreneur Victor Gauntlett in the early 1970s. By the time that the brand was acquired by the Kuwait Petroleum group in 1986 it had a strong presence in the retail motor fuels market. Kuwait Petroleum consolidated to form Kuwait Petroleum (GB) Ltd. KPGB then traded under the Q8 brand in its retail business and later as Q8 Fuelcare in its distributor sales business. In October 2004 KPGB was purchased by the joint venture company Refined Holdings Ltd, whereupon the company was renamed Pace Petroleum Ltd.
Under new ownership Pace Petroleum had already experienced growth with the acquisition in September 2005 of 60 Company-owned sites from Texaco.

formed: early 1970's and revived in 2004
locations: ~470
fuel brands: Texaco, Jet, BP, Esso, TORQ

Sites include

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 the Motor Fuel Group.

Nightowl Truckstops

Formally 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. 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: 213
fuel brands: Esso

Sites include

Snax 24

Snax 24 is a company which run petrol forecourts / service areas across the UK. The Snax 24 name can also be used as, and started as the a company in retail shop associated with their forecourts, but these days there sites are more commonly associated with a Mace store.

formed: 1993
locations: 43
fuel brands: BP, Shell, Esso

Sites include