Shropshire Star

Petrol prices: West Midlands drivers urged to buy fuel as costs predicted to rise

Drivers in the West Midlands are being urged to buy fuel “sooner rather than later” as a 10-week run of falling prices has ended, dashing hopes of a return to pre-pandemic levels.

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The AA said the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts fell in our region from 150.1p on April 24 to 144.5p at the end of last week, but has stabilised since then.

The average price of a litre of diesel dropped from 158.3p on April 24 to 149.6p but the decline stopped on Thursday last week.

Motoring groups previously hoped petrol prices would fall below the pre-pandemic record high of 142.5p per litre on April 12 2012 for just the second time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The AA said this will not happen in the short term due to the rebound in the price of a barrel of oil from 80 US dollars in early June to more than 85 US dollars over the past fortnight.