DRIVERS in Burton and South Derbyshire have been handed a pre-Christmas boost after a supermarket petrol price war saw fuel costs plummet.
Sainsbury’s, in Civic Way, Swadlincote, has cut prices by up to 3p to its cheapest rates for two-and-a-half years.
Tesco, off St Peter’s Bridge, will reduce prices by up to 2p.
Morrisons, which has forecourts in Wellington Road, Burton, and Sir Herbert Wragg Way, Swadlincote, will do the same ‘at the majority of its sites’.
The supermarket made the move after rival Asda launched a national cap on prices, saying drivers filling up at its forecourts would pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol or 133.7p for diesel.
Motoring groups welcomed the pump price drop, and the RAC’s head of external affairs Pete Williams said: “Motorists should be pleased that fuel retailers have acted so swiftly in lowering prices at the pumps following a reduction in wholesale prices.
“Every penny saved at the pump will help families meet the spiralling household bills at a time when they are starting to think ahead to Christmas.”
He said the supermarket price war should help drive the national average down from 132p a litre to around 129p a litre for unleaded, and take diesel from 139p to 137p over the next few weeks.
Sainsbury’s fuel buyer Chris Biggs said: “We know that fuel is a big part of the weekly budget for many households, so we hope this cut will be welcomed by drivers across Britain.”
Cheaper petrol across all four supermarkets came as wholesale oil prices fell to $107.53 a barrel – an eight per cent dip since August.
In Burton, the cheapest unleaded is currently available at the MRH Burton petrol station, in Ashby Road, costing 127.9p, with the cheapest diesel available costing 135.9p at the station.
In South Derbyshire, diesel currently costs 135.9p a litre at Parkgate Service Station, in Burton Road, Midway.
Unleaded costs 127.9p there.
More information on fuel prices in the area is available online at www.petrolprices.com