A SEASIDE town in Scotland has been named the country’s priciest place to buy fuel – as prices at one fuelling station skyrocketed to nearly £2 for a litre of diesel.

The petrol station in question was Shell’s Bawbee station in Fife, in the coastal town of Leven. Prices for one litre of diesel has soared to £1.99.9 by the end of last week, while the price of unleaded was £1.76.9.

Within the country as a whole, the UK average for a litre of the same was £1.69.9 and £1.58.2 for unleaded.

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Since the peak, Bawbee station has lowered the price to £1.77 for diesel, after residents in the area were outspoken about the price hike.

One customer commented: "It is bad enough that the costs of fuel is rising so rapidly but I just could not believe that a garage was selling fuel at £2 a litre."

They added: “I could not believe my eyes.

“With our fuel bills rising by so much there has got to be some level of reason to this worrying state of affairs.

"I drive around Scotland with work and I have never seen prices coming close to that level."

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The fluctuation was not a mistake, a garage source told customers, but rather the result of the current undulations in oil prices.

A Bawbee station staff member commented: "The prices are changing all the time. It depends on the price of a barrel of oil. It is just going up and down like the interest rate."

The hike in fuel costs has recently seen the Government put under pressure to cut petrol and diesel VAT, to ease the strain on driver’s pockets. Along with the price of diesel and petrol, the rising price of gas and electricity is set to put consumers under pressure.

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A Shell spokesman said: "Shell is only able to control prices at the sites we own. Of our UK network around one half is owned by independent dealers, who set their own prices. Shell is prevented by law from telling dealer groups what to charge their customers for fuel."