Bro­ken price prom­ise fu­els anger

Mor­risons fail to tackle vari­a­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Liz Ley­don

Mor­risons has been ac­cused of break­ing a prom­ise to driv­ers af­ter it emerged fuel prices at their Cam­bus­lang store con­tinue to be higher than at other out­lets.

A Reformer in­ves­ti­ga­tion late last year found res­i­dents in more af­flu­ent nearby towns pay­ing up to 11p per litre less than Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang cus­tomers in a com­par­i­son of su­per­mar­ket and other petrol sta­tion prices.

At that time Mor­risons, which has five fill­ing sta­tions in the area, had prices rang­ing from 113.7p for a litre of un­leaded petrol on New Park Street, Hamil­ton, to 119.9p for the same fuel at Bridge Street in Cam­bus­lang.

A Mor­risons spokes­woman re­sponded to the Novem­ber find­ings by say­ing; “We con­tin­u­ally re­view our prices and will look to re­duce this dif­fer­ence as soon as we can.”

In spite of this as­sur­ance, lo­cal res­i­dents con­tin­ued to re­port a higher petrol tar­iff com­pared to neigh­bour­ing towns, and a dis­par­ity be­tween Mor­risons prices in the area.

Cam­bus­lang res­i­dent Alis­ter Thom­son, 56, said: “Mor­risons was charg­ing 120.9p for un­leaded petrol when I went, which was more ex­pen­sive than in East Kil­bride.

“I ended up fill­ing up at Sains­bury’s in Hamil­ton for 113.9p. Even Blan­tyre Asda was cheaper than Cam­bus­lang Mor­risons. Lo­cal driv­ers are be­ing ripped off and some­thing needs to be done about it.”

A Mor­risons spokesman has con­firmed that fuel prices in Cam­bus­lang last week were 121.9p per litre for petrol and 123.9p per litre for diesel.

How­ever, he would not com­ment on the ap­par­ent lack of ac­tion by the com­pany on its pre­vi­ous vow to re­duce lo­cal fuel price dif­fer­ences.

He sim­ply said: “We aim to pro­vide the best price lo­cally.”

When the is­sue first arose, Ruther­glen MP Ger­ard Killen said: “Fuel prices have a se­ri­ous im­pact on house­hold budgets and busi­nesses in our area and across the coun­try, there­fore it is im­por­tant to make sure com­pe­ti­tion is work­ing cor­rectly.

“This is why I be­lieve the gov­ern­ment should con­duct a re­view of how best to sta­bilise fuel prices in the UK.”

Costly Cam­bus­lang mo­torists feel they are be­ing ripped off

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