Fuel prices carry on rising

DIESEL at some garages in the Felixstowe and Ipswich area has risen 22p per gallon in the past week, the Evening Star's exclusive fuel survey revealed today.

DIESEL at some garages in the Felixstowe and Ipswich area has risen 22p per gallon in the past week, the Evening Star's exclusive fuel survey revealed today.

By using our survey motorists could save up to 45p per gallon on diesel, with big differences in price between some filling stations in the area.

The Co-op owned Esso garage in High Road West, Felixstowe, was one of those where the price for diesel has gone up 5p per litre this week to reach £1.28.

Unleaded petrol at some outlets is up by three pence per litre this week - 13p extra per gallon.


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Industry experts said there was no sign that prices would start to fall, bringing more misery for motorists and also hitting hauliers hard as they battle to keep their costs down.

According to PetrolPrices.com the cost of both unleaded and diesel nationally has increased virtually every day for the past month - with each new day setting a record high.

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Brendan McLoughlin , managing director of PetrolPrices.com, said: “These figures really put into perspective just how quickly fuel prices are rising.

“Even if diesel prices stayed the same for the next month, which is highly unlikely, the average two car family's fuel bill would be around £40 per month more compared to this time last month. Many motorists simply cannot afford these kind of increases.

“Unfortunately, unless the government provides some kind of support or rebate for motorists, we look set to hit £1.50 a litre for unleaded in some parts of the UK by September.”

Nationally the average price of unleaded has risen 4.4p in the last month from 107.8p to 112.2p, while diesel has risen 6.8p per litre in the same period, from 116.8p to 123.6p.

The Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) said petrol prices have increased so much in the past month because of an increase in demand as the summer months approach.

“In the summer demand for fuel in the western hemisphere increases because people drive more, in particular the increase in the US means that the strain on supply is greater,” said a spokesman.

Are you driving less because of the petrol price hike? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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