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Maxol opens province's first fully-automated filling station

By Claire McNeilly

A leading fuel retailer has opened its first 24-hour fully automated pay-at-the-pump service station in Northern Ireland.

Maxol has established a new site in Carryduff, with six dispensers which accept payment by debit card, credit card and Maxol fuel card.

Petrol is priced at 131.9p per litre and diesel costs 138.9p and drivers can purchase up to a maximum of £100 of fuel in any one transaction.

Marketed under its Maxol auto24 brand, the new site on the Saintfield Road also incorporates a brush wash facility and cash dispenser.

Brian Donaldson, Maxol's marketing and retail manager, said the company was adopting a model that is successful elsewhere.

"In Europe the lion's share of petrol and diesel purchases are bought at automated service stations," Mr Donaldson said.

"We believe there is now an opportunity to introduce this concept at other inactive sites in our network in Northern Ireland."

Automated service stations offer motorists keenly priced fuel as there are fewer costs to pay.

Latest statistics from the AA show that average fuel prices in Northern Ireland are higher than in almost any other UK region.

Petrol is sitting at 134.6p per litre, while diesel is on average 141.8p per litre.

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