All pumped up: interactive map offers petrol station updates

Queue hopper: there’s now an interactive map that shows which petrol stations have fuel

Motorists still seeking to find a petrol station where you can fill up with more than a Yorkie bar now have the help of an interactive map which charts which outlets have petrol or diesel to fuel your vehicle – and which ones are still running on empty.

As one Inside Croydon loyal reader demonstrated at the weekend, the absence of any reliable information on where fuel is available, and how panic buying has quickly turned those potential new supply lines into lengthy queues, has forced some to drive deep into the countryside to find a petrol station that is open to sell petrol.

The new web page, by Zigger Web Design and created by Jonathan King, uses GoogleMyMaps to chart seemingly every petrol station across Surrey and south-east England, highlighting those with full available supplies, those just with diesel and those with no fuel left at all.

As well as the map, there’s also a dashboard showing the status of each and every petrol station by name.

Petrol heads: the interactive map offers information on the supply status across the area

The page relies on drivers across the area logging where they have had success in buying fuel, or not. So the information may not always be 100 per cent reliable, but as a tool that has collated information across a wide area, it is believed to be the first of its kind.

“We finally have an interactive map!” the designers say.

“Just zoom into your area to see the detail.

“We update every 10 minutes, so remember to refresh your page.”

You can find the Zigger petrol page by clicking here.

Inside Croydon would be interested to get user feedback (post a comment on this page) on how accurate and reliable the information might be.

Oct 11 2021 UPDATE: The page developers say that they have “frozen” their map, due to the lack of reports and feedback to keep their data updated.

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4 Responses to All pumped up: interactive map offers petrol station updates

  1. John Harvey says:

    The government should have introduced something like this alongside fuel rationing.

    • You’re probably right, John, although I have concerns about whether they could manage to deliver a system that works – £37billion to their mates at Serco for a covid track and trace system that doesn’t work.

  2. Christine Leathwood says:

    I have found this out of date for every petrol station I have checked out. At least 24 hours, which is no help at all.

    • That reflects the lack of fresh data being provided by users, as the shortages ease, and prompting the page developers to announce yesterday (Oct 10) that they have “frozen” the page.

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