Norfolk drivers see fuel rise back to pre-coronavirus prices
PUBLISHED: 05:27 04 August 2020
Rising fuel prices has seen some Norfolk drivers paying as much at the forecourt as they did at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Covid-19 crisis was predicted to bring fuel prices down, due to a collapse in the price of oil.
Petrol prices at principally supermarket forecourts across Norfolk fell below £1 were litre in May, but welcome lockdown decreases have since stalled and the cost is edging slowly back up.
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Average petrol and diesel prices both rose by 3p per litre in July, new figures show.
The average cost of a litre of petrol increased from £1.11 to £1.14 while diesel was hiked from £1.15 to £1.18, according to RAC Fuel Watch data.
That added nearly £2 to the cost of filling up a typical 55-litre family car.
The figures hide big variations across Norfolk depending on where motorists fill up.
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The lowest prices for petrol can be found in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Stalham and King’s Lynn, where it is being sold for £1.06 and £1.08 per litre*.
However customers in Diss, Attleborough, Fakenham and Holt are paying up to £1.23 per litre, back to pre-coronavirus prices – 17p higher than in Norwich and 12p higher than the national average.
The same applies with diesel as road users in Norwich, King’s Lynn and Yarmouth pay £1.12 while drivers in Fakenham paying up to 11p more per litre.
Simon Williams, the RAC’s fuel spokesman, said: “July was another bad month for drivers with a 3p-a-litre rise in the price of fuel.
“This means petrol’s 7p a litre more expensive than it was at the end of May and diesel is 6p more, something drivers will no doubt have noticed as each complete fill-up is costing almost £2 more.
“The higher prices at the pump have been driven by the cost of oil increasing steadily to around 42 US dollars a barrel from a low of 13.21 US dollars in April.”
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The RAC believes retailers should be cutting forecourt prices by a few pence per litre within the next fortnight as the wholesale cost of for petrol and diesel fell last month.
Mr Williams said: “There is some scope for retailers to already be reducing their prices. If they play fair with drivers we ought to see 2p a litre come off the price of unleaded and nearer 4p come off diesel.”
*Fuel prices correct as of July 30, 2020.
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