Sainsbury’s accidentally sold petrol and diesel 44p cheaper

Woolwich resident says petrol prices are 'astronomical'

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Sainsbury’s has accidentally sold fuel 44p cheaper than the national average in a huge petrol and diesel price glitch. The prices dropped below 134p a litre after a major price glitch.

One station in Lancashire was reportedly selling unleaded petrol at 133.9p a litre.

And the forecourt, situated in Leigh, even sold diesel for 135.9p a litre.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Our Leigh Atherleigh Way petrol filling station closed temporarily today after a systems error displayed incorrect fuel prices.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”

Forecourt prices for petrol and diesel in the UK had been falling since early July and throughout the summer.

But, worryingly for drivers, this has reversed after the Opec meeting in early October.

According to the latest RAC Fuel Watch, motorists can now expect to pay 163.26p per litre of unleaded. 

The situation is even worse for diesel car owners who will have to fork out 184.49p per litre on average. 

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And while the price of petrol is predicted to stay the same in the next few days, the cost of diesel is forecasted to go up. 

Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesperson, said: “At the start of July, pump prices had set records of 191.53p a litre for petrol and 199.07p for diesel.

“And, although diesel saw a temporary rebound as August turned into September, drivers have enjoyed steady falls in road fuel costs throughout the summer.”

Earlier this year another petrol station caused traffic chaos after it offered discounted fuel to drivers.

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Motorists were forced to wait in half-hour queues after Costco in Manchester offered discounted diesel and petrol, Manchester Evening News reported.

Photographs of the incident showed huge lines of traffic expanding to a nearby Asda car park.

The wholesaler was selling unleaded for 179.9p per litre, premium unleaded for 190.9p and premium diesel for 191.7p.

Radio presenter George Icke was among those stuck in the winding queues.

He said: “I have been a member of Costco for a while, but I think the numbers of members must have shot up as the cost of living and fuel keeps getting worse.

“It is the nearest petrol station to me that isn’t extortionate, but it is still really expensive.

“I got stuck in the queue at the roundabout beside the entrance to the petrol station, and we were sat there for ages.

“It was slowly moving forwards and took us till nearly half past to fill up and get away.

“For some people fuel costs are a real worry, and adding into that half an hour queues on a Thursday night, it will use even more petrol.”

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