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Tesco agrees 'common' fuel prices

Tesco petrol station sign
The local MP said competition meant Elgin prices were lower than Inverness

The retail giant Tesco has agreed to set the same price of fuel for Inverness and Elgin.

This ends a pricing policy that made fuel up to 4p a litre more expensive in the Highland capital.

Local groups have been campaigning for years for a common fuel price from Tesco for Elgin and Inverness.

Local MP Danny Alexander, who met with Tesco's chief executive last month, said he was delighted the campaign had finally been successful.

'Strong competition'

The MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey said there would now be a common price for the Inner Moray Firth area.

"This has already been implemented in the past couple of days and the price at the pumps has gone down," he said.

"From now on there won't be a situation where you could have a price difference of up to 4p a litre more in Inverness, compared to Tesco in Elgin - there will be a common price.

"The factor that was there before was that in Elgin, there was strong competition from an Asda there.

"So people in Inverness should benefit from the more competitive price that's been set to meet the competition elsewhere."

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