Petrol hits record high

The average cost of a litre of petrol has risen to 137.44p, topping the previous all-time high of 137.43p a litre set in May 2011.

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Petrol and diesel prices hit record high in the UK

Petrol prices hit a record high, says the AA Credit: Reuters

Hard-pressed motorists are paying record high prices for petrol, it has been announced.

The average cost of a litre of petrol has risen to 137.44p, topping the previous all-time high of 137.43p a litre in May 2011, the AA said.

The rise puts more pressure on Chancellor George Osborne to reduce the tax burden on drivers in his Budget later this month. Diesel is up to 144.67p a litre which is another new record.

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