LANCASHIRE is one of the cheapest areas in the country to tank up on petrol, new research has revealed.

Research by Admiral Car Insurance has found that the county is the second cheapest area in the North West and seventh cheapest in the country for fuel prices.

The study comes as fuel prices continue to stay at eye-wateringly high prices as oil giants hike up prices, despite making billions in profits in recent months.

The average price of petrol in the region is 159.4p per litre, beating beaten regionally by Greater Manchester which has an average cost of 158.9p per litre.

The research states that for the average road user in the county, they will spend around £1,095 on petrol in a year.

Nationally, the cheapest place to get fuel is North Yorkshire with an average price of 148.4p while the most expensive is Northumberland with an average petrol price of 173.7p per litre.

Researchers at Admiral Car Insurance calculated how much the average motorist is set to spend on petrol over the next 12 months, based on the local cost of fuel vs local median salaries.

Based on motorists travelling the UK average of 7,490 miles per year, they multiplied the local cost of refuelling with petrol, as of April 19.

Fuel prices per location were sourced from All Star Card, with the average yearly mileage of 7490 miles based off averages from the yearly data produced by the RAC and the average fuel usage sourced from the Department of Transport.

The Chancellor cut fuel duty by 5p in the Spring Statement earlier this year but motorists have barely seen the impact of this reduction at the pumps.

Labour has called for a windfall tax on oil companies to make prices cheaper for people as the cost of living continues to spiral higher, and campaign groups such as FairFuel have also called for action by Government to make fuel cheaper.