A review of fuel prices for September shows that the overall cost of filling up at the pump has increased again, for the second month in a row. The average price of unleaded hit 119.3 pence per litre in September, up by 2.7 pence from August’s prices. Meanwhile, diesel drivers saw a month-on-month increase of 2.6 pence per litre, taking the average September price to 120.0 pence. The increases mean that diesel is now at its highest level since April, which unleaded has not been this expensive since February.
Part of the reason is the cost of oil, which is at its highest price per barrel since July 2015. This has led to widespread increases in prices at the pumps, as manufacturers quickly reflect their increasing wholesale costs. As ever though, the regional picture around the UK varies greatly when it comes to fuel price.
The most expensive place to buy fuel
For diesel drivers, the most expensive location to buy fuel was once again Tighnbruaich in Argyll & Bute. Prices there were a whopping 15.9 pence per litre above the national average. This was followed by Acharacle in Highland in second place, while in third place for September was Markfield in Leicestershire.
|135.9||Tighnbruaich||Argyll & Bute|
|131.9||Freshwater||Isle of Wight|
|129.9||Isle of Benbecula||Eilean Siar|
|128.8||Gretna||Dumfries & Galloway|
|127.9||Cowes||Isle of Wight|
|127.8||Lockerbie||Dumfries & Galloway|
As well as being the second most expensive for diesel, Acharacle was also the most expensive place in the UK to buy unleaded during September. From the list below, you can see that Scottish locations feature heavily in the list of most expensive locations, taking the top three spots. That’s in spite of Aberdeen’s position at the centre of North Sea offshore oil and gas industry. It’s worrying to consider what will happen to fuel prices over the longer term, as the UK enters its “final decade of production.”
|132.9||Tighnbruaich||Argyll & Bute|
|131.1||Gretna||Dumfries & Galloway|
|129.9||Freshwater||Isle of Wight|
|129.1||Lockerbie||Dumfries & Galloway|
|128.9||Isle of Benbecula||Eilean Siar|
|127.1||Isle of Arran||North Ayrshire|
The cheapest place to buy fuel
The cheapest place to buy diesel in September was Leigh in Greater Manchester, followed by Currie in the City of Edinburgh. Drivers around Manchester are experiencing a good spell on the cost of their fuel, with Dukinfield in third place on the list. August’s third place, Spennymoor in County Durham, fell to fifth this month, as drivers saw an increase in their local fuel costs.
|114.7||Currie||Edinburgh, City of|
Leigh in Greater Manchester also topped the list for the cheapest unleaded price, giving drivers there double cause for celebration. Prices were well below the national average of 119.3 pence per litre, meaning a saving of 6.2 pence on every litre for drivers who filled up in Leigh. Currie was in second place for unleaded prices, as well as for diesel, while Penzance in Cornwall took third place. August’s cheapest unleaded price location, Dukinfield in Greater Manchester, fell to fourth place in September.
|113.5||Currie||Edinburgh, City of|
|114.9||Sandown||Isle of Wight|
Good news ahead?
Industry experts believe there is good news ahead for the UK’s motorists, despite the near 10% rise in oil prices. A 4% rise in the value of the pound is offsetting some of the fuel price rises experienced in September. Furthermore, the RAC has projected a drop in wholesale prices over the coming weeks, which could be reflected by a drop of as much as 2 pence per litre in fuel prices. We live in hope!
Have you noticed the increase in fuel costs over the past month? Does pricier fuel mean you use your car less? Leave a comment to let us know.