15:41 Tuesday 17 December 2013

Drivers handed boost at pumps this Xmas

Written byROB SMYTH

Embargoed to 0001 Friday March 16File photo dated 22/04/08 of a person using a petrol pump, as recent rises in petrol prices at the pumps will wipe out any savings drivers could have expected from warmer-weather motoring, the AA said today. Embargoed to 0001 Friday March 16File photo dated 22/04/08 of a person using a petrol pump, as recent rises in petrol prices at the pumps will wipe out any savings drivers could have expected from warmer-weather motoring, the AA said today.

SUPERMARKETS are set to offer shoppers a pre-Christmas booster after announcing a range of petrol price cuts.

Tesco, off St Peter’s Bridge, in Burton, will cut petrol by up to 2p a litre while also cutting diesel by 1p to give drivers an early Christmas present from today.

Sainsbury’s, in Civic Way, Swadlincote, and Morrisons, which has forecourts in Wellington Road, Burton, and Sir Herbert Wragg Way, Swadlincote, are all expected to follow suit in a bid to woo extra customers in the final few shopping days of the festive season.

The move comes after Asda sparked the price drop by dropping 2p off a litre of unleaded and 1p off diesel - sparking a petrol price war.

A spokesman for Tesco in Burton said: “Tesco is dropping the price of petrol by up to 2p per litre and diesel by 1p per litre from Wednesday.

“As Britain’s biggest fuel retailer this means more motorists can make savings and earn Clubcard points at Tesco’s 498 Petrol Filling Stations than at any other fuel retailer.”

In Burton, the cheapest unleaded is currently available at Tesco, off St Peter’s Bridge, costing 131.9p, with the cheapest diesel also available there costing 138.9p per litre.

In South Derbyshire, diesel currently costs 135.9p a litre Sainsbury’s, in Civic Way.

The cheapest unleaded in the area is also from there and costs 128.9p there.

The AA said petrol prices fell in November - this means drivers were paying the lowest amount to fill up since February 2011.

The motoring organisation found the average pump price of unleaded had fallen from 132.16p per litre at the end of October to 130.44p last month - so prices are almost 4p cheaper than this latest figure.

A litre of unleaded had risen to a high of 138.38p in mid-September.

“You cannot understate the importance of lower pump prices,” said AA president Edmund King.

There are warnings that prices could rise again soon.

Pete Williams, head of external affairs at the RAC motoring organisation, said: “Sadly, petrol and diesel prices may have gone as low as they can for the time being and may now be on the way up again.”

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