Delight as supermarkets are set to cut petrol and diesel prices

Prices: The AA figures looked at costs across the country
Prices: The AA figures looked at costs across the country

FAMILIES have been given a holiday boost as supermarkets are set to cut petrol prices.

From Tuesday, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are reducing the cost of their petrol and diesel by up to 2p a litre.

In Asda’s case, the reduction means its customers will pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol, with diesel being 129.7p a litre - its lowest price since January 2011.

Asda said the strengthening pound against the dollar had been the key driver behind the cuts.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “The combination of the strengthening pound and the fact that tensions in both Ukraine and Iraq have not caused supply issues means wholesale prices have begun to ease again.

“The impact of the shale oil extraction in the US is also causing global oil prices to reduce due to more product becoming available in the market which in turn reduces reliance on importing oil from the Middle East.

“But falling wholesale prices don’t always lead to cheaper forecourt prices so it’s good news for motorists that this reduction is being passed on so quickly at the pumps.

“Cheaper fuel is good for individual motorists, businesses and the economy.”

The AA said average UK petrol prices fell to 131.12p a litre, with diesel down to 135.38p this weekend.

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said other retailers would have to drop prices to compete with Asda and Sainsbury’s.

Mr Williams added: “Unfortunately, in less-competitive towns the falls will be slower and we fear a return to the postcode lottery pricing that blighted the UK last summer.

“However, many drivers will simply slot back into the old routine of waiting until they pass through a cheaper town and fill up there.”