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.

Price Location County
135.9 Tighnbruaich Argyll & Bute
134.8 Acharacle Highland
132.0 Markfield Leicestershire
131.9 Freshwater Isle of Wight
129.9 Isle of Benbecula Eilean Siar
129.9 Woolacombe Devon
128.8 Seascale Cumbria
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.”

Price Location County
134.5 Acharacle Highland
132.9 Tighnbruaich Argyll & Bute
131.1 Gretna Dumfries & Galloway
129.9 Freshwater Isle of Wight
129.4 Markfield Leicestershire
129.1 Lockerbie Dumfries & Galloway
128.9 Isle of Benbecula Eilean Siar
128.9 Woolacombe Devon
127.3 Lymm Warrington
127.1 Isle of Arran North Ayrshire

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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.

Price Location County
114.6 Leigh Greater Manchester
114.7 Currie Edinburgh, City of
114.7 Dukinfield Greater Manchester
114.7 Tamworth Staffordshire
115.4 Spennymoor County Durham
115.4 Loanhead Midlothian
115.4 Havant Hampshire
115.7 Cromer Norfolk
116.1 Penzance Cornwall
116.4 Tilbury Thurrock



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.

Price Location County
113.1 Leigh Greater Manchester
113.5 Currie Edinburgh, City of
113.6 Penzance Cornwall
113.9 Dukinfield Greater Manchester
114.1 Tamworth Staffordshire
114.6 Cwmbran Torfaen
114.7 Limavady County Londonderry
114.9 Sandown Isle of Wight
114.9 Spennymoor County Durham
115.0 Loanhead Midlothian


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. 

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