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Cumbrian drivers welcome new drop in petrol prices

Motorists have welcomed the drop in petrol prices as supermarket rivalry kicked in.

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David Blaylock

The big four supermarkets announced that they will be slashing their prices, with Sainsbury’s the first to announce a 4p per litre drop yesterday.

Asda, Morrisons and Tesco then dropped theirs by 3p.

On the forecourt at James Street Service station, an independent filling station in Carlisle, they too reduced prices.

Manager Chris Toole said they had to follow the supermarkets’ path.

“However, they can act quicker than us because they can bulk-buy,” he said.

“We can always try to come close to them but we can’t match them.”

Driver Scott Thompson, 26 of Morton, Carlisle, said he was spending £110 a week to fill up the tank on his van.

“When the petrol prices do drop, then it’s a significant saving every week,” he said.

David Blaylock, 59 of Burgh by Sands, said: “I use a lot of petrol so these price drops would see me make a big saving. I drive about 28,000 miles per year so a saving is good news.”

James Oldham, 26, of Belle Vue, Carlilse, echoed those thoughts. “It would make the business that fills my van up a big saving.”

Other motorists said the drop in fuel prices was a good move and the savings would be significant for consumers.

Prices of fuel reached near-record levels back in September but now seem to be on the way back down.

Richard Crampton, Sainsbury’s head of fuel, said: “We know that fuel is a big part of many customers’ weekly budget so we’re keen to do anything we can to help.”

Have your say

I agree with a lot of the comments on here about the need for a sustained reduction in fuel costs. The continuing increase is pushing up prices in supermarkets and for all delivery companies and affects all self employed people,who cannot put their prices up as customers salaries are not increasing so the self employed are having to absorb the increasing costs. It cannot go on like this. I signed up to fairfueluk to try and help get the government to take notice of this plight.

Posted by john carr on 16 March 2013 at 19:34

anon: supermarket fuel does not damage any part of the engine - it just doesnt clean it out as good because the addatives are not there. (like redex addatives). If a car is serviced when and how it should be, then theres no reason why a car cant run on this fuel for its entire life.

As for the price coming down - it isnt. its a supermarkets trick to raise the price for 2 months or so, then drop the price back down and boast it as a saving. reality usually is that your still paying more than it was before it started going up.

is it venezualas were its equivalent to 2p per litre? could always move there for a cheap life.

Posted by ray on 16 March 2013 at 00:09

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