Fuel price shock as motorway service stations sell petrol for 111.9p a litre

A PRICE war is erupting between motorway service stations.

A growing number are offering petrol at 111.9p a litre — significantly below the average.

Fuel competition on motorways is “at its best for years” according to the AA as an “unprecedented” number of highway service areas bring down prices compared with elsewhere.

The AA found the pump price of petrol in the UK has jumped nearly 6p a litre between mid-June and mid-July, from 108.01p to 113.73p.

That is equivalent to £3.15 a tank in the past month as oil and wholesale costs rebound from lockdown lows.

But among the new “oases” of cheap highway fuel are Donington Park on the M1 near Derby, Lancaster on the M6, Frankley at the northern end of the M5 near Birmingham, Tiverton at the southern end of the M5 and Hopwood Park on the M42 near Birmingham.

Luke Bosdet, the AA’s spokesman on fuel prices, said: “Overall, with more competitive pricing among supermarkets and out on the highways, post-lockdown pump prices have been shooting up again but not as much as they might have.

"Sadly, some motorway forecourts sell petrol at ridiculously high prices above 130p a litre.”

Its latest fuel price report, out today, found the Big Four supermarkets’ average pump prices are within a penny of each other and 6.4p below those of the oil companies.

The report also says that for a commercial van with an 80-litre tank, a trip to the fuel station for diesel is as much as £3.81 dearer than a month ago.

In that time, diesel has gone up on average 4.76p, from 112.75p to 117.51p a litre.

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