Monday, October 18, 2021

Elaborate queue snarls highways at petrol stations

Driver panic as number of vehicles on roads out of fuel caused by disruption to fuel supplies

A rush to fill up cars and vans at petrol stations caused a queue of vehicles from the east to the west of the country from 5am on Friday.

In the West Midlands traffic jams in the west of the city stretched as far as Swindon, Wiltshire. A large band of traffic from East Midlands trains, manufactured by Haddington-based Yorkshire Central, left East Midlands Airport at around 6am for Birmingham New Street, its usual service to east London.

A spokesman for the office of Roads Regulator said there were “fireside queues stretching out to Derby and Coventry” due to heavy traffic following a “fuel crisis”.

A Tesco spokeswoman said many of its petrol stations had been experiencing problems after a power surge hit sites on Thursday. As supplies declined, forecourts battled to offer a small amount of fuel, which the company said could improve over the weekend.

“It is a huge volume of product that we are trying to manage. We are out of stock right across the UK and expect to get back to normal by Saturday evening,” the spokeswoman said.

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