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Cheaper litres going down well

PUBLISHED: 03:26 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

PETROL and diesel prices in Suffolk have dropped in the last year, an Evening Star investigation has revealed.

The Automobile Association also did a national survey, taking into account the cost of Higher Octane Unleaded Petrol (including Lead Replacement Petrol), Unleaded 95 Octane and Diesel.

PETROL and diesel prices in Suffolk have dropped in the last year, an Evening Star investigation has revealed.

The Automobile Association also did a national survey, taking into account the cost of Higher Octane Unleaded Petrol (including Lead Replacement Petrol), Unleaded 95 Octane and Diesel.

It found that drivers in our region can now expect to pay on average 70.9 pence per litre (PPL) for unleaded, 75.9ppl for Diesel and 79ppl for Lead Replacement Petrol (LRP).

The Evening Star survey reveals prices around the region are in line with the nation, with garages in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket all charging approximately 70ppl for unleaded petrol.

The cheapest price our survey could find was 69.9ppl of unleaded, at Martlesham Services, Ipswich.

Supermarket prices still offer a cost-effective option with Sainsbury's charging 69.9ppl for unleaded, 74.9ppl for diesel and 76.9ppl for LRP.

Even the phasing out of leaded petrol and the introduction of its substitute LRP in 1999, has not stopped the drop in price.

For LRP, motorists in the Suffolk now pay on average 79.1ppl, a seven pence drop from last year's figures. Diesel now costs on average 76.8ppl.

A BP spokesman said that this year, prices of leaded and unleaded petrol in Ipswich had dropped by between 10-12 per cent from last year, with that figure slightly less for outlying regions of Suffolk.

At the start of the notorious fuel crisis, when the supply process was very unstable, there were fears that Suffolk drivers would be charged up to £1per litre - but the situation has since settled.

But garage owners in the area remain indifferent towards the price drop.

One, who did not want to be named, said: "It is hard to notice what effect, if any, this drop in price has had on our trade."

The spokesman for BP said the drop in prices was a result of international oil prices being cut, and added: "The crude oil we buy from what is called the "Spot Market" in Rotterdam, has dropped in price, but this can be also blamed on general seasonal trends."

A spokeswoman for Shell agreed: "This drop in petrol prices is related to a drop in crude oil prices, which means it costs less for us to buy it."

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