A SUPERMARKET price war has this week seen major stores slash their fuel prices.
Drivers filling up at Asda’s stations across the Fylde coast are now paying 134.7p per litre for unleaded and 139.7p per litre for diesel.
Both Tesco and Morrisons responded to Asda’s move to cut 6p from the price of fuel in three weeks by dropping theirs by 2p per litre as forecourts opened for business yesterday morning.
Asda’s decision to cut the price of fuel is the first time since late February that diesel has fallen below the 140p per litre mark.
Andy Peake, Asda’s director of petrol trading, said: “We’re chuffed to be offering a third price move in as many weeks to hard-pressed motorists running on empty.
“And unlike other retailers we have a national pricing policy, meaning that no-one filling up at Asda, from Edinburgh to Eastbourne will be forced to pay a premium for their fuel.”
Tesco is dropping its fuel prices by 2p per litre, as well as offering customers the chance to save 5p per litre when they spend £50 or more on groceries in their stores.
A spokesman for Tesco said: “The saving is on top of the 5p per litre customers are already saving at Tesco pumps when they spend £50 in store or online on groceries.
“With 490 forecourts, we’re Britain’s biggest petrol retailer, so more drivers will make savings at Tesco pumps than anywhere else.”
However, while members of the public have welcomed the drop in fuel prices, Cafe owner Neil Bargelli, 42, of St George’s Square, St Annes, says it should not be done alongside offers.
He said: “It’s good news prices are being slashed, but I don’t want them doing it in conjunction with offers.
“The main issue is the fuel duty because a huge chunk of that goes to the Government and it’s never going to change.”
Russell Catlow, 60, of Chelsea Avenue, North Shore, added: “I drive quite a lot and to see it coming down is encouraging, especially when they all follow suit.
“If all of the supermarkets say they are going to reduce their prices it’s great, but it will go back up a lot quicker than it has come down.”
Mark Todd, Morrisons director of petrol, said: “Our customers will recognise we went through the Bank Holiday weekend cheaper on all of our trading areas and the good news is that we’ll bring prices down by up to a further 2p per litre.”