Ben Lowry: A snapshot of fuel prices between Bangor, Belfast and Lisburn

Last weekend I drove back and forth between Bangor and Belfast and Lisburn, and I kept an eye on fuel prices.

Petrol price of £1.74 and diesel price of £1.69  on the Ormeau Road in Belfast on Monday March 7, 2022. Prices are high everywhere in Northern Ireland, but there is some fluctuation from petrol station to station (Picture by Peter Morrison Press/Eye)
Petrol price of £1.74 and diesel price of £1.69 on the Ormeau Road in Belfast on Monday March 7, 2022. Prices are high everywhere in Northern Ireland, but there is some fluctuation from petrol station to station (Picture by Peter Morrison Press/Eye)

The cost of a litre of petrol ranged between 151.9p and 164.9pm, with most forecourts offering it at around 160p,

The cost of a litre of diesel had a narrower range of prices, between 167.9p and 174.9p, with the average price around the 170pm mark.

If I make a similar journey this weekend I will try to keep a note of the prices and publish it on our website.

For weeks during the spring 2020 like everyone else I had almost no reason to drive but when the restrictions eased I recall filling up a tank of petrol for a price just under £1 a litre.

In 2020 I also purchased home heating oil at a price around £300 per 900 litres.

It hit £1,200 recently.

Apart from anything else, this fuel crisis has shown the value of radically improved fuel economy in cars.

Also the value of better built homes.

For some years I lived in a flat that was constructed to modern standards and so the heat was rarely needed after March or before November.

Ben Lowry (@BenLowry2) is News Letter editor

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