Suffolk: Rural drivers paying more for diesel, survey claims

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 March 2012

DRIVERS in rural parts of Suffolk are paying upto 4p a litre more for diesel than those in neighbouring towns.

A survey carried out by the Countryside Alliance looked at 30 rural and 30 urban council areas from across the country and checked what the diesel costs were in each district.

The result shows that rural areas are about 4p a litre more expensive than their built-up counterparts.

Among the areas surveyed by the Countryside Alliance were parts of Suffolk.

In Babergh, the lowest lowest price found for a litre of diesel was just above the rural average at 144.9p.

That same figure was found in nearby East Cambridgeshire.

In Forest Heath the figure was 143.9p, Breckland 142.9 and Maldon, in Essex, 143.9p.

The most expensive district was Ryedale in North Yorkshire, at 146.9p.

The average cost of a litre of diesel in urban areas was just 140p - nearly 5p cheaper than in Babergh.

Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Not only do people living in rural areas have to drive further to go to work, further to access essential services like schools, doctors and the supermarket; but they have to pay a lot more for their diesel to do so. The cost of fuel is a major concern for everyone who lives in the countryside, and cars are fast becoming an unaffordable necessity for many rural families.

“We urge the Chancellor to help the rural economy get back on its feet and to cut fuel duty in his forthcoming budget.”

The survey follows findings earlier this week that UK motorists pay more in fuel tax than any other drivers in Europe.

A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) claims cutting fuel duty would create thousands of new jobs and could be done at no loss to the Treasury.

Treasury Minister Chloe Smith is understood to have received the report yesterday, as she met with fuel campaigners.

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