The UK has sneaked to the top of the most-expensive-diesel-in-Europe list.
Also, looking ahead to Tour Auto. Collector’s Millau Viaduct tickets on sale Saturday. Road works season kicks off in the Netherlands on Monday 20 April. It’s safe to swap back to summer tyres in Germany.
UK DEAREST DIESEL, NORWAY TOP FOR PETROL
Big savings for British drivers on the Continent generally, even better in Austria. Spain is noticeably cheap.
By filling up in France, a British driver could save an average €22.40 on a typical fifty litre tank of diesel this week.
(Only a slightly bigger tank would see a cross-Channel day return ticket pay for itself).
In neighbouring Luxembourg the saving stretches to €29.40, to €21.45 in Germany, €18.70 in Belgium and €14.65 in the Netherlands.
Thanks to the volatility of oil prices recently, after several years of hovering in the top five or so, the UK now has the most expensive diesel in Europe.
At an average of €1.638 per litre, British derv outstrips even Norway (€1.613) and Italy (€1.506), the two most regular chart toppers recently.
With unleaded95 petrol however, the UK – €1.555 per litre – slips down to sixth place behind Norway (€1.766), the Netherlands (€1.689), Italy (€1.647), Denmark (€1.588) and Turkey (€1.574).
On the notional fifty litre tank, a driver would save just €8.30 in France, €3.45 in Belgium, €6.30 in Germany but €16.60 in Luxembourg.
Other notable movements this month include unleaded95 in Austria at €1.180, cheaper than Albania and Romania.
Belarusian diesel is now up among the big boys at €1.380 while Spain has slipped far down the list at €1.159 (in Madrid).
All prices are indicative only, per litre, taken from fuel-prices-europe.info, updated daily, mainly averages except Belgium and Luxembourg where prices are nationally regulated.
roundup: FRANCE. The famous Millau Viaduct on the A75 in southern France – the world’s tallest bridge – is to release a commemorative ticket on Saturday in the design of a euro bank note (denomination €0). If that’s your thing better get down there for 11:00 when they go on sale, at €2, collectors are already in a ‘frenzy’ apparently. See more. NETHERLANDS. Come spring it’s time for the roads works to start. According to national roads manager Rijswaterstraat, the stretches likely to cause most delays are: narrowing and shifting lanes on the A12 at Galecopperbrug south of Utrecht starting Monday 20 April until the autumn; the closing of the A1 at Amersfoort east of Amsterdam at weekends in May between Bunschoten and Hoevelaken for widening; the A16 Brienenoordbrug south of Rotterdam closing two weekends in July and August for resurfacing plus a nine day closure of the outside taxi-way in July; the A44 Den Haag-Amsterdam closed at the Old Rhine bridge at Leiden for three weekends in July and August for refurbishment and resurfacing; and, the A13 Delft-Kleinpolderplein (Rotterdam) closing weekends in September for maintenance. GERMANY. Since the Easter is over, in tune with the saying ‘Octoker bis Ostern’ (October to Easter), it’s time to change winter tyres back to summer tyres confirms road safety council DVR. Germany, like Luxembourg and Austria, has a ‘situational obligation’ for winter tyres, i.e. they must be used in snow and ice conditions (including frost). With the temperature now consistently above threshold temperature 7⁰C – winters work best below that – it is considered safe to swap back now but, strictly, the rule applies whatever the time of year.