Supermarkets spark a fuel price war on the forecourts

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Supermarket giants are revving up the New Year cheer by offering motorists a drop in fuel prices from today.

Drivers filling up at Asda will pay no more than 126.7p per litre for petrol and 133.7p per litre for diesel, after the firm dropped its prices by 2p a litre. Asda’s diesel is now at its lowest price since July 2012.

Tesco followed suit with an announcement, also dropping prices by 2p per litre as of today.

Asda’s petrol trading director, Andy Peake, said: “We’ve quickly passed on the latest reductions in costs which is great news for motorists, particularly with household budgets so stretched after Christmas.”

Motorists filling up at Asda’s Leeds Bridge filling station, near Asda House, welcomed the news yesterday.

Victoria Core, 24, from Halifax, uses the Leeds Bridge station regularly. She sets herself a fuel allowance every month.

Ms Cove said: “At the end of the day if you need petrol you will pay whatever price it is but it’s good it is going down.”

Tingley resident Mike Murray, 66, said: “Why can’t they drop it 2p every day?”

Cleaning manager Gail Campbell, who lives in the city centre, exclusively buys petrol from Asda because they “are always the first to drop prices”.

And Hyde Park postal worker Tijana Dania, 25, added: “I definitely think we pay too much for our petrol.”

Prior to today’s price cuts Leeds’s cheapest filling station was Jet, in Meanwood Road, Meanwood, with petrol at 126.9p per litre yesterday, while Gulf, in Newton Hill, offered Wakefield’s cheapest petrol at 127.9p per litre according to

RAC external affairs head Pete Williams said: “This will no doubt have a positive effect on the economy too as well as lessening the social impact that high fuel prices have on people’s personal lives.”

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