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Drivers confused at differences in petrol prices




Drivers have been left scratching their heads due to huge differences in fuel prices in and around Newmarket.

Those in need of their cars for essential work are discovering startling variations in prices at the forecourts.

Unleaded petrol at Tesco in Newmarket stood at £1.06 per litre, while the BP on the Newmarket bypass were expecting whopping £1.27 per litre.

Those in need of their cars for essential work are discovering startling variations in prices at the forecourts.
Those in need of their cars for essential work are discovering startling variations in prices at the forecourts.

At the Bury St Edmunds Tesco, you can buy a litre of unleaded for £1.03.

And in Soham, the BP in Fordham Road were charging £1.17 per litre, while at the other side of the town the BP in The Shade were asking £1.12.

Figures show the average cost of a litre of petrol was £1.12 on Monday, compared with £1.20 seven days earlier - the largest drop since 2003.

Many supermarkets have slashed their prices as a result of the sudden drop in the value of oil amid the coronavirus crisis.

Yet, some oil firms are reluctant to lower their figures.

Howard Cox, from the FairFuelUK campaign group, wants companies to dramatically lower their prices.

He said: "In an extraordinary time where we all must adhere to government advice to reduce risks to our health, the fuel supply chain has been ripping off drivers to the tune of £23.8 million per day.

"Every time oil prices change, it must be scrutinised by an independent PumpWatch body."

FairFuelUK claims that, since Christmas, the average petrol car owner is paying £11 more to fill up their tank than necessary.

Petrol is now less than £1 at some forecourts, but experts believe prices will drop further.

A spokesman for AA said: "Pump prices are beginning to reflect the plunge in costs but there is much further for them to fall.

"Lower pump prices are not an excuse for people with cars to break the lockdown and drive unnecessary journeys."


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