Fuel prices break £1.20 barrier

PETROL prices in Suffolk have today smashed the 120 pence per litre barrier for diesel.The Evening Star's weekly fuel price survey this week shows motorists are still facing huge price differences between stations across Ipswich and the surrounding areas.

PETROL prices in Suffolk have today smashed the 120 pence per litre barrier for diesel.

The Evening Star's weekly fuel price survey this week shows motorists are still facing huge price differences between stations across Ipswich and the surrounding areas.

In three filling stations, Esso at Nacton Road, BP in Anzani Avenue, Felixstowe, and Solar, in High Road West, Felixstowe, the price for diesel has gone up by a penny to 120.9p a litre and unleaded petrol now costs 110.9p per litre.

The hike in prices comes on the day that petrol retailers in Scotland begin panic buying as it is believed a strike planned for this weekend at Scotland's Grangemouth oil refinery could affect supplies.

The strike over pensions will effectively force the closure of BP's Forties North Sea pipeline, which supplies almost one third of the UK's daily oil output.

Energy minister Malcolm Wicks said petrol supplies across the UK should not be a problem, but he admitted that some motorists could be hit.

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Governments on both sides of the border have tried to reassure the public that there are enough supplies of fuel to cope with the strike and have warned motorists not to panic buy as it could lead to fuel shortages.

Rising petrol prices is not just affecting Suffolk, but also the rest of the country.

This week it was discovered that a garage in Prime Minister Gordon Brown's constituency in Kirkcaldy, Fife, was charging 130p per litre.

The cost of filling up a typical family car is now £54.37 - £8 more than a year ago.

It was reported this week that the average price of unleaded petrol stands at 109p a litre, all but £5 a gallon. Diesel is 118p a litre, £5.37 a gallon, on average.

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