Broken price promise fuels anger
Morrisons fail to tackle variations
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