MOTORISTS in Arbroath will have an increased choice of fuel retailers from today (Friday) as Asda open their long awaited petrol station at the Westway Retail Park.
Arbroath and Letham independent councillor David Fairweather welcomed the opening and is sure this will have a town-wide impact on fuel prices.
He said: “As far as the petrol station is concerned I do welcome it.
“I’m sure the major player Morrisons will certainly look to be matching the Asda prices.
“There have been comments from members of the public in the past that Morrisons have been more expensive, especially in their Dundee store.
“Hopefully it will give people in Arbroath the choice of where to buy their petrol.”
Councillor Fairweather is confident Arbroath’s economic health is improving with new shops and amenities opening recently.
He said: “When you look at that in comparison to other towns in Scotland then you can see we are very well placed.
“In just the last couple of weeks more shops have opened in the High Street, it’s not all doom and gloom.”
The supermarket chain is apparently the only fuel retailer which operates a national fuel pricing cap ensuring the same prices across all their forecourts.
Asda’s prices opened at 135.7p for unleaded and 139.7p for diesel, a saving of at least 4p respectively over the average prices of 139.5p for unleaded and 144.5p for diesel in the area.
Rob Wallace, store manager at Asda Arbroath, said: “It’s great news for drivers that an Asda forecourt has arrived in the town to bring the lowest price fuel to the people of Arbroath.
“We just want to help people to save as much money as they can, whether it be on their shopping or on their petrol.”
Asda allow customers to track their forecourt prices online and this can be found at http://your.asda.com/fuel-prices.