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Britain has woken up with another day of disruption in fuel supplies, after problems with shipping petrol and diesel to forecourts led to shortages and panic buying in recent days.

There are fears that essential services may be disrupted as the impact spills over to the economy.

Transport groups are already reporting problems on the roads this morning, as queues at gas stations with fuel to sell pile up in the early hours of the morning.

Southdown buses, which run through Kent, Surrey and Sussex, warn of queues and delays.

Southdown Bus

We are already seeing queues at various gas stations in our network, this is likely to cause delays throughout the morning rush hourâš 

September 28, 2021

And there are problems on other roads as motorists try to refuel.

BBC Radio London Travel

Gas station queues include s / b A12 to M25 Brook Street roundabout, A41 s / b to M25 at Hunton Bridge, A1 to Stirling Corner, w / b A13 to Lodge Avenue Flyover, A4127 to A40 Greenford roundabout, A22 between Whyteleafe and Kenley.

September 28, 2021

Martin mcgrath

6.30am – leaving St Albans queue for the petrol station near the Noke hotel, already almost back at the M25 junction and angry as someone tries to intervene.

“Don’t panic” doesn’t seem like a clear cut message yet

September 28, 2021

BBC Radio Sussex

Reports of queues forming as they approach Selmeston gas station.

September 28, 2021

Sky shuttle bus

Queues to and from the Esso gas station near South Ealing station are already causing undue delays in the shuttle service this morning.

September 28, 2021

Other service stations run out of certain grades of fuel or run dry, as the industry struggles to get fuel to forecourt quickly enough.

BBC Radio London Travel

On the # M25, there is no diesel available at #Cobham Services between # J9 Leatherhead and # J10 A3, there is no fuel at all clockwise to #Clacket Track services between # J5 A21 and # J6 #Godstone and no diesel on the # M40 To # J2 #Beaconsfield Services

September 28, 2021

Yesterday, the fuel industry said there was “a lot of fuel” in UK refineries and terminals, and expected demand “to return to normal levels in the coming days” .

They hope demand will decline after the weekend rush:

“As many cars now contain more fuel than usual, we expect demand to return to normal levels in the coming days, easing the pressure on gas station forecourts. We encourage everyone to buy fuel as usual.

But many people are trying to find fuel for their normal activities, such as key health care workers. Pressure is mounting on the government to give ambulance drivers, health workers and other essential workers priority access to fuel.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that as the pumps go dry, “there is a real risk that NHS staff will not be able to do their jobs.”

A midwife at a Surrey hospital told the i journal that the situation was “exasperating”.

On Monday morning, she was an hour late for work after trying five gas stations on her way back from Brighton.

“NHS workers are on their knees. The workload is relentless and we don’t have the extra capacity to search and stress for fuel to get to work. Who gives priority to key workers? “

Schools are also concerned that they will be forced to revert to online education if staff, students or vendors cannot come on board.

Companies are also warning of problems.

David Brown, president of the National Courier and Despatch Association, a trade body, said delivery companies were turning down jobs and telling workers to stay home due to lack of certainty over fuel supplies.

“It was difficult,” he added (via the Financial Times)

“It has been frustrating for the people who make a living by driving. “

The government yesterday put army drivers on standby to help deliver gasoline and diesel if needed – but halted ahead of an immediate deployment

Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, said it was right for the government to take “reasonable and precautionary measures”.

“The UK continues to have significant fuel supplies. However, we are aware of the supply chain issues on gas station forecourts and are taking action to alleviate them as a priority, ”he said. “If necessary, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help alleviate pressures caused by spikes in localized demand for fuel. “

Neil henderson

TIMES; Army will be sent to deal with fuel crisis #TomorrowsPapersToday

September 26, 2021


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