Running on empty

Motorists in Linlithgow are having to travel the extra mile for fuel, with the town’s only petrol station set to remain closed until February.

Oil and gas company BP confirmed it was developing the site, along with a Marks and Spencers food outlet and Wild Bean Café, which is due to open in the new year.

Work is currently taking place at the site on Falkirk Road and there have been complaints from residents that the town is not currently served by an operational petrol station.

Councillor Tom Conn said this development could protect the town from losing out in the long run, as two stations, one on the opposite side of Falkirk Road and one on Edinburgh Road, have already shut permanently.

He said: “While I can appreciate the temporary inconvenience to residents, the fact that the site is being redeveloped by BP should safeguard the town having a filling station in the long-term.”

Motorists face a six-mile round trip to reach the petrol station on Dean Road, Bo’ness, while the station at Bowhouse Roundabout is around 11 miles there and back from Linlithgow.

There have also been concerns raised that BP is more expensive for fuel, and that drivers would be limited for choice in the town.

A spokesperson for BP said: “The joint BP and Marks & Spencer development will offer motorists a wide range of M&S quality food alongside BP’s own Wild Bean Café drinks
and hot food.”