TROWBRIDGE, United Kingdom
The Wider Image: Bringing old petrol stations back to life
From art deco apartments in Sussex to a trendy burger bar in London, some of England's former petrol stations are enjoying a new lease of life following creative makeovers. The overhaul opportunities have been created as more than 20,000 stations closed in the United Kingdom over the past 40 years, according to the U.K.'s Petroleum Industry Association (PIC). Almost 8,500 stations were left in Britain at the end of 2015, with the PIC blaming the closures on strong competition and the expense of complying with environmental regulations. While large chain service stations, who carry lower overheads per litre sold, have been better placed to survive, smaller, independent outlets have tended to struggle. REUTERS/Toby Melville SEARCH "MELVILLE GAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.