Fuel queues as fears grow

Cars queuing at Morrisons Petrol Station on Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool and (below) Shell Service Station at Singleton Crossroads sold out of petrol.
Cars queuing at Morrisons Petrol Station on Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool and (below) Shell Service Station at Singleton Crossroads sold out of petrol.
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DON’T panic buy was the message to motorists today as some filling stations ran dry.

A feared strike by tanker drivers has triggered queues and packed forecourts as motorists started to stock up on petrol and diesel.

Shell Service Station at Singleton Crossroads sold out of petrol.

Shell Service Station at Singleton Crossroads sold out of petrol.

Most Fylde coast filling stations have managed to keep up with demand, but Shell garages on Kilnhouse Lane and Heyhouses in St Annes sold out after a day of almost unprecedented sales.

Fuel also ran out at the Shell garage on Garstang Road East, near Singleton, while Shell Westview on Hatfield Avenue, Fleetwood, ran out of diesel.

If the strikes – sparked by a row over drivers’ contracts and safety do take place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as rumoured – it is feared it could see a repeat of the kind of shortages last seen during the fuel price blockades of 2000.

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A spokesman for Shell Heyhouses said: “Drivers were getting annoyed when they found out no fuel was left. “There is no need to panic, but if this carries on there will be.”

Downing Street has been accused of risking panic buying after the Government said drivers should make contingency plans before the threatened strike.

Emergency plans including training Ministry of Defence drivers to take over civilian tankers have also been discussed.

The Government advice contrasted with the AA which warned against filling up tanks in case it caused a shortage.

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