Rising fuel prices hit their highest levels since the pandemic started with petrol at £ 1.25 and diesel at £ 1.29 a liter – meaning a full tank now costs £ 10 more than May
- A full fuel tank now costs £ 10 more than in May last year, while the tank was closed
- The price increase will affect motorists who hit the road during Easter
- Gasoline has been sold at UK service stations for £ 1.25 and diesel at £ 1.29 a liter
Fuel prices are back to pre-pandemic levels as gasoline has been sold at petrol stations for £ 1.25 and diesel for £ 1.29 a liter.
A full tank of fuel now costs £ 10 more than in May last year, when average prices fell to just £ 1.05 per liter of petrol and £ 1.12 per liter of diesel.
The increase could affect drivers venturing on the roads at Easter as schools are closed for a two-week vacation and coronavirus mitigation restrictions are relaxed.
Pump prices haven’t been that high since February 2020 – before the pandemic flattened fuel demand.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Drivers heading further afield this Easter will unfortunately be greeted by the highest fuel prices in more than a year.
A full tank of fuel now costs £ 10 more than in May last year when average fuel prices fell to just £ 1.05 per liter of petrol and £ 1.12 per liter of diesel (image)
A tank of petrol or diesel now costs £ 10 more than in May 2020.
‘This is clearly disappointing, but it is also fortunate that pump prices have not yet risen.
The attempts by oil producers to limit supply and increase the price of the barrel were somewhat hampered by Covid movement restrictions that are still in place in so many countries due to the slow roll-out of vaccinations.
Average fuel prices fell in May as oil prices collapsed due to lower demand as the global economy stalled due to the pandemic.
Some retailers even sold gasoline under £ 1 a liter.
But most drivers were unable to take advantage of the low prices due to strict travel restrictions.
Meanwhile, an AA-Yonder survey of 15,000 motorists showed that the traditional Easter holiday will not take place this year.
Saturday will see the most activity on the roads during the holiday weekend, with 36 percent of drivers planning a trip, the poll suggested.
Average fuel prices fell in May as oil prices collapsed due to lower demand as the global economy stalled due to the pandemic (file image)
That is compared to 31 percent on Good Friday, 30 percent on Easter Sunday and 28 percent on Easter Monday.
This is much lower than normal, indicating that many people remain cautious about socializing despite the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
Network Rail is urging passengers to ‘keep travel to a minimum’ as it is running 600 engineering projects over the Easter weekend, leading to line closures.
Services on the West Coast Main Line will be disrupted by track renewals on several sections, including: between London Euston and Milton Keynes; Rugby and Birmingham; Crewe and Wigan; and Preston and Penrith.
Other routes affected by Easter engineering work include: the East Coast Main Line at King’s Cross in London; between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield; and in the Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham areas of south west London.