Panicked shoppers continue to line up outside gas stations in Milton Keynes – MKFM 106.3FM
Although the government has urged drivers to “buy fuel normally”, heavy queues remain in front of gas stations in Milton Keynes.
Long lines of motorists waiting to fill their tanks continue for a second day – as the government is expected to pave the way for a visa change allowing thousands of foreign lorry drivers to work in the UK.
A Downing Street spokesperson said the country had “sufficient stocks of fuel … and there is no shortage.”
Long lines of cars at gas stations began to form on Friday and continued for a second day, as concerns over supplies spread.
Labor deputy chief Angela Rayner criticized the government for the “crisis now in our courts”.
She told Sky News: “People have started to panic about buying fuel and I urge people not to do so as it will only make the situation worse.
“But it’s the government’s fault and its failures.”
Yesterday MKFM spoke to several gas stations across Milton Keynes, all of whom said there was no need to panic about buying.
A spokesperson for a BP garage said: “We are busy, but the supply is good. There is no problem here.”
Since then, with lines extending late into the night, several Milton Keynes gas stations have had to close early without fuel and many residents are reporting a complete lack of diesel fuel.
A gas station in Milton Keynes, Texaco, limited fuel to 30L per person.
Milton Keynes’ council took to social media to urge residents to purchase fuel as needed, they said: “There is no need to panic about buying gasoline in Milton Keynes.
“Please follow government guidelines and purchase fuel as and when needed.”
Articles circulated on social media telling the story of frontline workers who were unable to obtain fuel while avoiding long lines which could be detrimental.
Bus services through Milton Keynes also had to take alternate routes due to queues.
SERVICE UPDATE: Due to heavy traffic and congestion at Tesco gas station in Kingston, Services 3 and 8 will pick you up and drop you off at the Chippenham Drive bus stop on Tongwell Street in both directions . pic.twitter.com/INrPDLYCoI
– Arriva Milton Keynes (@arriva_mk) September 25, 2021
A Downing Street spokesperson said: ‘We have sufficient stocks of fuel in this country and the public should be reassured that there is no shortage.
“But like countries around the world, we are suffering from a temporary shortage of COVID-related drivers needed to get supplies across the country.
“We are considering temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems, but any measures we introduce will be very strictly limited in time.
“We are moving towards a high-wage, highly skilled economy and companies will need to adapt by investing more in recruitment and training to ensure long-term resilience. “
Speaking to Kay Burley, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said the driver shortage is expected to “ease fairly quickly” as more heavy-duty test drives have been made available.
“The problem is not new”, he insisted
Adding: “There has been a shortage of drivers for many months during this pandemic because during the lockdown, the drivers were unable to pass their truck’s heavy-duty tests, and that’s what led to this problem.”
Sky News said: “The irony is that there is no national fuel shortage, just drivers.
“But panic buying will no doubt leave many motorists who really need to refuel short.”
The updates below come from reports from local residents-
UPDATE 12:50 p.m. – BP Emerson Valley remains closed.
BP Stacey Bushes has shut down its pumps.
UPDATE 5:55 PM – Shell Grafton Street is out.
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