Wednesday 28 February 2024
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ASDA West Bridgford out of fuel after day of panic buying

The store has closed the forecourt.

ASDA West Bridgford on Loughborough Road has closed the forecourt this afternoon, after hundreds of motorists queued for most of the day to fill up after reports of a shortage of petrol.

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The situation was the same at the Sainsbury’s Local fuel station on Melton Road in West Bridgford but they have had tanker deliveries today and foresee no issues with future deliveries.

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Full fuel tanker delivered to Sainsbury’s Local – but still the queues for fuel continue

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Earlier today Transport Minister advised people to buy petrol normally – a handful of BP filling stations were reporting no fuel because of a shortage of HGV drivers.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said refineries had “plenty of petrol”.

He told the BBC that the government could bring in the army to drive fuel tankers if it would help.

It is estimated that the UK is short of about 100,000 HGV drivers – with gaps made worse by the pandemic and Brexit.

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Reports in several newspapers have suggested that the government is considering getting soldiers to drive fuel tankers under emergency plans.

When questioned about this on BBC Breakfast, Mr Shapps said: “If it can actually help, we will bring them in.”

However, he said there would be “technicalities” as to whether military personnel could switch to driving civilian vehicles.

The AA said that most of the UK’s forecourts were working as they should.

“There is no shortage of fuel and thousands of forecourts are operating normally with just a few suffering temporary supply chain problems,” said AA president Edmund King.

“Fridays and the weekend always tend to be busier on forecourts, as drivers either combine filling up with shopping runs, prepare for weekend trips or refuel for the start of the new working week.

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