New research by online car servicing provider, Servicing Stop, asked motorists what they think will happen to UK petrol stations in a hypothetical aftermath of the 2040 petrol and diesel car ban.
Presented with the idea of a world where petrol and diesel no longer exist, the majority of drivers said that stations would be transformed into supermarkets, whereas others speculated there would be room for new businesses, shopping centres, social housing and playgrounds.
Just under twenty per cent said petrol stations will become car parks and a some even thought community centres may be built in their place.
While most motorists said supermarkets will be built on every high road across the UK, more than a third wanted houses built on the sites of former petrol stations, with almost as many said A&E units should be built to replace those closed down.
More than half said they would happily live on the site of a former petrol station given their often-convenient location and the UK’s current housing crisis; however, a further 44 per cent said absolutely not, terrified by the risk of contamination from fossil-fuel storage.
Chief executive officer and founder of Servicing Stop, Oly Richmond said: ““It seems motorists think supermarket giants will monopolise the motorways but the majority want nothing more than housing.
“It’s understandable that Brits are looking towards more pragmatic options like houses to meet the growing demand, but it’s clear there is still confusion around whether or not there is a safety hazard attached.”
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