Drivers finally see fuel price drop

FOR the first time in months, drivers are today at last enjoying a real drop in fuel prices.

Richard Cornwell

FOR the first time in months, drivers are today at last enjoying a real drop in fuel prices.

Across the county, the price at the pumps has fallen up to four pence per litre for both petrol and diesel at many filling stations in the past seven days as world oil prices have come down.

It is a welcome boost for motorists in Suffolk - where prices have not been falling as fast as in other parts of the country.

The AA says the rate of price rises have slowed and prices have fallen slightly across Britain.

But The Evening Star's weekly price survey shows that in the past six weeks the price of unleaded has dropped just one pence per litre, and for the past three weeks has remained unchanged at 119.9p.

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Diesel over the past six weeks has gradually increased to 133.9p, a rise of two pence per litre.

An AA spokesman said: “Drivers were given their first real hope of a turnaround in fuel prices in the first two weeks of July.

“Not only has the rate of rise fallen dramatically, but most recent prices fell slightly.

“However, the volatility of the market guarantees that substantial price reductions in the near future are far from certain.”

Overseas prices have altered slightly. The UK has the ninth highest unleaded price in Europe and the second highest diesel price.

Today though there were real benefits as supermarkets reduced their prices.

Unleaded could be found as cheap as 112.9p per litre and diesel 126.9p in the Star survey as most garages took four pence off both unleaded and diesel.

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