Diesel 'most costly' in rural areas

The high price of diesel in rural areas means that cars are becoming an "unaffordable necessity" for many living in remote locations.

On average, diesel costs 4p more in rural areas than it does in urban locations, according to a new survey conducted by the Countryside Alliance.

The most expensive diesel was found in Purbeck, Dorset and Ryedale, North Yorkshire at 146.9p per litre while diesel in Birmingham and south east London costs 139.7p per litre.

Overall, the survey found that diesel averaged 144p per litre in rural areas and 140p per litre in urban areas.

Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, urged the Chancellor to boost the rural economy by cutting fuel duty in his forthcoming Budget.

He said: "Not only do people living in rural areas have to drive further 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. Cars are fast becoming an unaffordable necessity for many rural families."

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