Petrol pump attendants make a comeback

04 July 2006

Petrol pump attendants are back - Shell is employing attendants in a trial that could roll out nationwide if it proves successful.

The fuel retailer is putting attendants back on 20 forecourts to see if motorists have missed them or couldn't be bothered.

As well as filling your tank, the attendants will be able to squeegee your windscreen and headlights. You won't be able to do everything sitting down though - you still have to get out of the car to pay for your fuel.

Although there's no official fee for the added service from the attendants, Shell suggests a discretionary £1 tip might be appropriate.

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If you want to give the service a go in London, visit stations at 923-931 Fulham Road, 222-224 Fulham Palace Road, 262 York Road in Wandsworth, Kendall Avenue in Park Royal or Ripple Road in Barking.

In the Southern England, the trial is running on the Bath Road in Speen, near Newbury, 109-111 London Road in Wokingham, the Tothill services on the Newbury by-pass, 33 Milford Road in Pennington and Lyndhurst Road in Christchurch.

In the North West, Bolton has three participating stations in Beaumont Road, Kay Street and Tonge Moor Road, while Prestwich has an outlet on the Bury New Road and Sale one in Cross Street.

Scottish motorists can give the attendants a go at stations on the Perimeter Road in Linwood, Centreholm roundabout in Erskine, Glasgow Road in Kilsyth, 61 Edinburgh Road in Baillieston and 48 Victoria Road in Eglinton.

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