Kent's cheapest petrol and diesel prices as May bank holiday weekend travel chaos expected

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Millions of drivers are set to take to the roads this bank holiday weekend with more than 20million journeys expected. As many get away for the long weekend or head off on half term, we've taken a look at the cheapest petrol and diesel prices in Kent.

The late May bank holiday is expected to be the busiest time on the roads since 2019, and drivers have been warned to prepare for delays. The M25 clockwise is predicted to be one of the busiest routes over the three days.

Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, said: “With near record number of travellers expected to be on the roads over the holiday period, drivers should be prepared for long delays, especially in and around major cities and towards the coasts. The best general advice to anyone spending time away from home this weekend is to travel as early or as late in the day as possible to avoid the worst delays. Travellers should stay up to date on traffic apps like myRAC and listen to local news stations to avoid sitting in traffic longer than necessary.”

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If you do need to fill up with petrol, the cheapest place in Kent is Sainsbury's garage in Thanet. According to the latest data supplied by retailers, a driver in an average family car could save up to £15.95 by filling up at this forecourt, compared to the most expensive petrol station.

The Sainsbury's fuel station at West Wood Cross is charging motorists 143.9p per litre, which means it would cost £79.15 to fill up an average 55 litre tank. This is based on a feed of live petrol prices which was set up by the government's Competition and Markets Authority last September.

The RAC has written to Energy Secretary Claire Coutinho this week calling for “meaningful action” against fuel retailers charging too much for petrol and diesel. It comes as the margins made by retailers have risen recently to 16p per litre for diesel and 11p per litre for petrol. The margins are around 8p a litre higher than five years ago because a drop in oil prices has led to a fall in the price of fuel on the wholesale market.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “We feel the current margins being charged by larger retailers in particular are extremely unfair on drivers struggling to get by in the cost-of-living crisis."

The average price for a litre of petrol across Kent this week is 149.8p.

Here are the cheapest places to top your car with petrol in Kent

143.9p - Sainsbury's, Dadson Way, Thanet West Wood Cross

144.9p - Sainsbury's, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham

144.9p - Tesco, Crescent Road, Faversham,

144.9p - Sainsbury's, Wingfield Bank, Northfleet, Gravesend

144.9p - Sainsbury's, Hempstead Valley,

144.9p - Tesco, Courteney Road , Gillingham,

145.9p - Sainsbury's, Quarry Wood Industrial Estate, Aylesford,

145.9p - Tesco, Lunsford Park, Larkfield , Aylesford,

145.9p - Tesco, Moat Field Meadow, Kingsnorth, Ashford

145.9p - Tesco, Hythe Road, Willesborough, Ashford

The most expensive filling station in Kent is a BP station at Medway Service Area on the M2 between junction 4 and 5. The cost of standard petrol at this station is 172.9p, meaning it would cost a total of £95.10 to fill up an average family car at this forecourt.

For the owners of diesel cars, the cheapest place to fill up is the Sainsbury's garage in Gillingham. The cost of a litre of standard diesel at this forecourt was 147.9p, according to prices supplied by retailers.

Here are the cheapest places to fill up your car with standard diesel in Kent this weekend

147.9p - Sainsbury's, Hempstead Valley, Gillingham

147.9p - Tesco, Courteney Road , Gillingham,

151.9p - Sainsbury's, Quarry Wood Industrial Estate, Aylesford

151.9p - Tesco, Lunsford Park, Larkfield , Aylesford,

151.9p - Tesco, Grovewood Drive North, Maidstone

151.9p - Tesco, Cheriton High Street, Folkestone

151.9p - Sainsbury's, West Park Farm Retail Park, Folkestone

151.9p - Esso, Gibraltar, Fort Pitt, Chatham

151.9p - Tesco, Manston Road, Ramsgate,

152.9p - Tesco, Moat Field Meadow, Kingsnorth, Ashford

You can use our interactive widget to find out the price of fuel at the petrol stations near you.

UK drivers are currently paying 147.3p per litre of petrol, while people who own diesel vehicles are forking out 153.4p on average. In Kent owners of petrol cars are currently being charged 1.9p more than the national average of 147.3p. Diesel car drivers in Kent are paying 2.6p more than the national average.

The cheapest place to buy petrol in the country is at a Tesco garage in Antrim and Newtownabbey where a litre of standard petrol is 139.9p. The most expensive petrol station in the country is a BP garage in West Northamptonshire where motorists are charged 173.9p a litre.

The prices quoted are for standard grade petrol (E10) and for standard grade diesel (B7). The figures are supplied by the major retailers under a voluntary scheme launched by the Competition and Markets Authority to ensure motorists are given a fair deal at the petrol pumps. Most of the major petrol retailers have signed up to the scheme and the petrol stations supplying up-to-date information account for around 60 per cent of the fuel sold in the UK. The price of fuel is often cheaper at Costco outlets, but their service is only available to members.

The prices quoted are those supplied by retailers as of Friday 24th May, 2024 at 4:45am.

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