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Greater Manchester's cheapest petrol prices as average per litre exceeds £1.70 for first time

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Average petrol prices have exceeded £1.70 per litre for the first time, new figures show. The average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts on Tuesday was 170.4p, according to data firm Experian Catalist.

Diesel also reached a record high of 181.4p per litre. Petrol has become around 41p per litre more expensive over the past 12 months, adding around £23 to the cost of filling a typical 55-litre family car.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said the price of petrol has reached “another unfortunate landmark”. “While wholesale prices may have peaked for the time being last week, they are still worryingly high, which means there’s no respite from the record-high pump prices which are so relentlessly contributing to the cost-of-living crisis,” he said. Read more: Mum's 'genius' tip to make Jubilee T-shirts for kids using £1 Tesco napkins “We badly need the government to take more action to ease the burden on drivers, which we hope will feature in its announcement expected this week.

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