A County Durham petrol station has been hailed as 'the best in the UK' after a further reduction in its fuel prices - which has seen it become the lowest in the region. 

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, G.W Holmes & Sons in Etherley Moor, Bishop Auckland, offered petrol for 141.7p and diesel at 147.7p - receiving praise from drivers across County Durham, who called it "incredible" and "unbeatable".

And it has now further endeared it into drivers' good books after further lowering those prices to 139.9p for petrol and 146.7p for diesel; a whole two pence cheaper than anywhere else in County Durham.

The Northern Echo: G.W.Holmes in Bishop AucklandG.W.Holmes in Bishop Auckland (Image: G.W.HOLMES)

Posting on its social media pages on Tuesday (May 7), the petrol station said: "Closely monitoring fuel prices and another fuel drop for all our customers. We thank you all for your support we continue to work together and help you save on your motoring costs."

After the further saving was revealed, one customer said: "This has to be the best petrol station in the UK," while another driver said: "Always thinking of the customer."

This price drop from the Bishop-Auckland-based garage comes after average petrol prices exceeded 150p per litre for the first time since November last year.

Data collated by the website Fuel Prices Online shows typical pump prices reached 150.1p per litre on Monday.

AA fuel price spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “Inflation has been heading downwards at quite some speed but petrol’s rebound to 150p a litre leaves a big boulder in the road.

“Government data shows that for the fourth-week petrol prices have been higher than at the same time a year ago.

“This last happened in February 2023.

“Five days of falling wholesale costs, with the value of oil coming off the boil, offers hope that pump prices may not get much worse in the short term.

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“However, road fuel priced above 150p a litre grabs the attention of drivers and will lead some to re-tighten their belts on other spending.”

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams added: “Drivers are now really starting to feel pain at the pumps, with a litre of unleaded already up by more than 3p since the start of the month and 9p since the start of the year, adding £1.65 and £5 respectively to the cost of filling a typical family car.

“There are two reasons for this, the rise in the cost of oil and a weakening pound, which makes it more expensive when retailers come to buy new fuel supply.”