Rural residents worst hit by rising petrol prices, UK study reveals image

Residents from rural communities are hit harder than city dwellers by rising fuel prices, as they spend almost £17 more on fuel each month, study finds.

The research by Countryside Alliance reveals that those who live in the countryside will pay an average of £67.45 this month on fuel for their commute, 24 percent more than people in urban local authorities.

Countryside Alliance warns that the viability of rural businessed and communities is threatened by the ever increasing costs of driving. The organisation found the average cost of fuel for the monthly commute in rural areas has risen by over £5 since the start of the year. This equals 7 per cent over the last 10 months and is 2 per cent over the current rate of inflation.

Unlike urban residents, countryside inhabitants have no choice but to drive as they can’t benefit from a viable public transport system. „The unprecedented rise in fuel costs since the beginning of the year has placed a heavy burden on people who need their car to get to work,” said Jenny Dunn, policy researcher for the Countryside Alliance. „This burden weighs far heavier on rural people, for whom cars are a necessity due to the long commutes and lack of public transport options,” she added.