Petrol stations close early across Lancashire as motorists continue to panic buy fuel

A number of petrol stations across Lancashire have closed early as people continue to panic buy fuel across the country.

Friday, 24th September 2021, 8:15 pm
Updated Friday, 24th September 2021, 8:18 pm

Tesco's petrol station in Buckshaw Village closed early tonight (September 24) alongside Asda's forecourt in Clayton Green.

For those that remained open, pictures and videos revealed motorists continued to line up for fuel despite the government urging people not to panic buy.

"There is no shortage of fuel in the UK, and people should continue to buy fuel as normal," a Government spokeswoman said.

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A number of petrol stations across Lancashire closed early as panic buying continued.

"We recognise the challenges facing industry and have already taken action to increase the supply of HGV drivers, including streamlining the process for new drivers and increasing the number of driving tests.

"We continue to closely monitor labour supply and work with sector leaders to understand how we can best ease particular pinch points."

The rush was triggered by news that a small number of BP and Tesco petrol stations had been forced to close as a shortage of HGV drivers meant they could not be restocked in time.

Edmund King, president of breakdown and recovery service the AA, said that "there is no shortage of fuel and thousands of forecourts are operating normally with just a few suffering temporary supply chain problems".

For those that remained open, motorists continued to line up for fuel.

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He added: "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.

"Drivers should not fill up outside their normal routines because, even if the occasional petrol station is temporarily closed, others just down the road will be open.

"It is now clear that there have been occasional delays over recent weeks that have been managed with hardly anyone noticing. This was a manageable problem."

Motorists have been reassured there is no shortage of fuel at UK forecourts as industry leaders urge drivers not to refuel outside of their normal times.

Although fuel is still in good supply, RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams has warned that price rises could be on the horizon.

He said: "The supply issues affecting a small number of petrol forecourts shouldn’t impact the prices drivers pay to fill up.

"But unfortunately the price of oil, which has the biggest influence on what drivers pay at the pumps, is continuing to rise at the moment.

"This may lead to fuel prices going up in the coming days which would be yet more bad news for drivers as a litre of unleaded is already over 21p a litre more expensive than a year ago."

The rush was triggered by news that a small number of BP and Tesco petrol stations had been forced due to a shortage of HGV drivers.

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