Last week motorists across the country were seen queueing up for fuel, forecourts were running dry and stations hiked their prices up. We wanted to find out exactly how much stations had increased their prices. Displayed on the map are the towns with the largest price increases for unleaded and diesel between Monday 26th March and Monday 2nd April.
As you can see the largest unleaded price jump was in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys with an average increase of 10.1p. With such a large increase we expected them to be one of the most expensive in the country, but at 144p per litre they were only 2.2p above the national average on that day.
For diesel the largest increase was in Wigan, Lancashire where prices rose to an average of 152.9p per litre, an increase of 7p, followed closely by Plymouth, Devon with an increase of 6p.
On average the country saw an increase of 1.5p for unleaded and 0.9p increase for the price of diesel. Not all stations took advantage of the panic buying and some did not put their prices up.
These price hikes could have been a result of the panic buying triggered by the union Unite’s dispute with fuel tanker companies. Unite had threatened to strike if minimum conditions within the industry were not agreed upon and the general public went into panic mode and topped up where they could. Conciliation service, Acas, met with Unite today and the oil tanker companies to begin talks to prevent strike action, we are still waiting to hear the outcome. The union announced last week that planned strikes were not going to take place over the Easter weekend which was a huge relief for motorists planning on travelling the UK or visiting relatives during the period.
If talks do break down, and tanker drivers do go on strike, use our Petrol Tweets map to find out local news in your area, and let others know what’s happening.