Fuel shortages persist in South East England but improvements elsewhere
LONDON – Gas stations in London and south-east England continue to suffer from a lack of fuel although the situation has improved in the north of England and Scotland, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said on Saturday.
Britain will deploy military tanker drivers from Monday to deliver fuel after a chaotic week of shortages that led to panic buying and some drivers accumulating gasoline in water bottles.
The president of the PRA told Sky News that his organization’s investigation showed that only 16% of the more than 1,000 sites checked on Saturday had no fuel, an improvement from the 27% reported to be dry on Friday, but bottlenecks were local strangulation remained.
“It’s much better in the north and Scotland, and London and the south-east really remains the critical area for next week,” PRA said President Brian Madderson.
The survey also showed that 68% of sites now have both gasoline and diesel available for purchase.
With an acute shortage of truck drivers straining supply chains, the government said on Friday that 200 tanker servicemen would complete their training over the weekend and begin deliveries on Monday.
Members of the military were pictured at the Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, north London on Saturday.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said earlier today that the supply situation is no longer deteriorating.
“It seems that the situation is stabilizing, it is not yet completely over, this is one of the reasons the army has been asked to help,” he told BBC.