Posted by: lucylastic | January 11, 2011

Petrol prices – why so high, why so different?

We had a lovely visit to Hereford at the weekend – to attend the Epiphany Carol Service at Hereford Cathedral – and catch up with good friends C&S who moved there from sunny Swindon some 2 and a half years ago.  We filled up as we left swindon – at the extortionate price of £122.9 per litre, but by the time we got to Hereford, the most expensive petrol, (unleaded) we saw was £136.7 – why the difference?  I have no idea whether petrol distribution is still centred on Ellesmere Port on the Wirral, but it used to be and technically, Hereford is closer to there than Swindon is – so what accounts for the difference?  Much discussion only concluded that ‘it was always dearer in the sticks’, but this isn’t a good answer in this day and age – whatever happened to competition?  All I know is that when I bought my car in January 2005 it cost me around £40 to fill her up, these days, it’s over £60, (same car, can’t afford a new one) – and I think that’s a disgrace.  Bah humbug.

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