Drivers dash to fill up at Yorkshire petrol station for £1.58 a litre

Fuel for just £1.58 a litre! Drivers dash to fill up at remote Yorkshire petrol station which has become ‘the talk of the Dales’

  • Dale Head Community Garage runs as a non-for-profit community enterprise
  • Its petrol price of £1.58 is compared to the national average of £1.80 per litre
  • Surge in fuel costs added over £9 to the cost of filling a 55-litre family petrol car

Motorists have been making 50-mile journeys to fill up their vehicles at Britain’s cheapest petrol station for just £1.58 per litre of petrol and £1.68 for diesel. 

Dale Head Community Garage in Hawkes, North Yorkshire, keeps its prices low as it runs as a non-for-profit community enterprise, as well as getting a 5p per litre government rebate because of its isolated location.

The petrol price of £1.58 is compared to the national average of £1.80, and its £1.68 diesel sits below the UK’s average of £1.90.

Motorists said they didn’t mind queuing up if it meant they saved so much on filling up the tank.

Motorists have been making 50-mile journeys to fill up their vehicles at Britain’s cheapest petrol station, Dale Head Community Garage in Hawkes, North Yorkshire, pictured, for just £1.58 per litre of petrol and £1.68 for diesel

Drivers were hit by a record hike in unleaded prices in June as the average cost of a litre rose by 16.6p to 191.4p.

The surge in prices, which is the highest monthly increase in records dating back to 2000, added more than £9 to the cost of filling a typical 55-litre family petrol car.

Average diesel prices rose by 15.6p per litre, ending last month at 199.1p.

Harry Wallace, 72, from Manchester, told The Sun: ‘I thought there was a mistake on the sign when I drove past. I just wish I lived a bit closer.’

Abbie Rhodes, who is general manager at the garage run by Upper Dales Community Partnership, said: ‘It’s been a bit chaotic.

‘Everyone has become so used to paying ridiculous prices that there’s been a real rush to come here, often from miles around.

‘The more we sell the cheaper we can sell it for.’

Another motorist, Andrew Jackson, 34, also told the newspaper: ‘I’ve only come ten miles but word has spread right across the area.

‘It’s the talk of the Dales.’

The UK still has a higher average petrol price of 186p a litre than all European Union members except Finland (190p) and Denmark (186p), with drivers in France paying around 23p a litre less than those in the UK.

Fuel prices were already rising before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, but the impact of the war has exacerbated the situation.

A reduction in the use of Russian oil has increased demand from other producers, resulting in higher prices. 

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