Cost of petrol and diesel to soar this Easter after hike in oil prices

Cost of petrol and diesel to soar this Easter after hike in oil prices
Cost of petrol and diesel to soar this Easter after hike in oil prices

Motorists are to face an increase in petrol and diesel costs this Easter, following the rising price hike of oil.

Those who are planning a getaway over the Easter break could end up paying as much as 145.9p per litre for petrol at motorway stations – significantly higher than the national average.

Soaring prices

The average price for petrol at pumps is at a five year high for Easter, at 125.41p per litre, and diesel is at 131.97p per litre, according to the AA.

However, motorway petrol was priced as high as 145.9 per litre earlier this week (16 Apr), which amounts to more than 20p per litre, or £10 a tank, more expensive than the UK average.

The prices have soared in recent weeks due to the rising cost of crude oil, adding an additional £2.40 to the costs of filling up in the last month alone.

AA fuel price spokesman Luke Bosdet said, “A $10 jump in the price of oil since February and sudden drawdown of petrol stocks in the US, leading to a surge in the commodity price, has sent the Easter cost of petrol at UK pumps to its highest since 2014.

“This has been a shock to UK drivers which has almost wiped out the benefit of fuel efficiency savings from summer versus winter motoring.

“Easter is going to be particularly expensive for many travellers forced on to the road by railway closures or Saturday’s football matches, which see Southampton fans going to Newcastle, Tottenham fans to Manchester, Watford to Hudersfield and Brighton to Wolverhampton.”

There are 'cases' of considerably cheaper fuel just off the highway according to the AA (Photo: Shutterstock)
There are ‘cases’ of considerably cheaper fuel just off the highway according to the AA (Photo: Shutterstock)

Where to find the cheapest fuel

While motorway petrol stations have the highest prices, the AA said there are “hidden cases” of considerably cheaper fuel just off the highway,

For motorists heading to the West Country on the M5, leaving the motorway at junction 27 can see the price of fuel drop to just 122.7p per litre by filling up at the Gulf station in Tiverton.

Those driving to Wales on the M4 can cut costs per litre down to 119.9p by pulling off at junction 23A and filling up at Tesco in Newport, while Lake District bound travellers on the M6 can find petrol at 119.7p per litre at Asda in Carlisle, less than a mile from junction 44.

Cheaper petrol deals were tracked down by the AA using the fuel price search function on its app.

However, non-members can hunt down lower costs using the petrolprices.com app or WhatGas.com

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