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Yes, fuel prices are rising - but it's not yet the bad old days; IAN ROBSON takes a close look at petrol prices and how they have veered erratically over the years.

Byline: IAN ROBSON

THE cost of petrol is going up but you didn't need us to tell you that.

It might not be as bad as 2012 and 2013 when prices were generally higher but it's still a burden for North East drivers.

What you might not know - and we're sorry for breaking the news - is that the cost of driving in the last week of August shot up by 6p a litre from last year.

So if you think it cost more to reach your Bank Holiday destination last week than you remember from 12 months ago, you're right.

But you can still shop around for the cheapest prices even when the bank holiday is a distant memory.

Comprison site PetrolPrices.com says the lowest unleaded prices within five miles of Newcastle city centre on Friday was 114.7p per litre.

Four locations shared the honour including Asda Gateshead Metro Automat, Morrisons at Blaydon, Asda Automat at Benton, and Morrisons at Killingworth.

Fifth in the league table of cheapest petrol was Morrisons at Cowgate where petrol was 114.9p per litre.

The highest price among 46 filling stations in the catchment area was 119.9p.

Some of the same filling stations came up as the best for diesel within five miles of Newcastle city centre.

Joint top were the Asdas at Gosforth, Gateshead, and Benton, all at 114.7. Joint fourth was Morrisons at Cowgate and Tesco at Gosforth.

Highest price among 46 filling stations was 119.9p.

Unleaded prices within ten miles of Morpeth showed more variety, Cheapest was Asda Blyth at 114.9p, second was Sainbury's at Cramlington at 114.9p, and joint third was Station Garage, Bebside, the Co-op at Seaton Delaval, and Shell at Annitsford, where the cost was 115p.

Geordies driving away for a break at the bank holiday paid 6p more per litre for petrol compared to last year - the biggest yearly jump since 2011.

A litre of petrol cost PS1.16 on average on the bank holiday Monday just gone.

This compared to PS1.10 per litre at the same time in 2016.

This 6p jump was the biggest increase in fuel prices around the August bank holiday since 2011.

It means that any Geordies driving away for a break would have had to pay slightly more for their journeys this year.

A return trip to London would cost about PS80.84 in petrol, assuming you have a car with an average fuel economy and drove perfectly.

This compared to PS76.69 last year.

A trip to the Northumberland National Park and back would have cost about PS8.45 from Newcastle this long weekend, while a visit north of the border to Edinburgh would have cost about PS33.56.

Diesel was PS1.18 per litre this bank holiday weekend, about 5p more than the same time last year.

The toughest recent years for motorists were 2012 and 2013.

On April 16, 2012 petrol touched PS1.42 per litre and diesel was PS1.48 per litre - the most expensive on record for the two types of fuel.

Fuel prices began to fall in 2014, coming close to PS1 per litre in the early weeks of 2016.

Since then they have risen again slightly but are still some way off the levels of 2012 and 2013.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2017
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