Call for calm to halt panic petrol buying

By Tristan Harris 29/03 Updated: 29/03 12:44

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THERE have been queues at petrol stations across Bromsgrove and Rubery as motorists panic-buy fuel ahead of a potential strike from tanker drivers.

Earlier in the week, members of the Unite union voted to strike over pay and conditions and suggestions about filling up tanks and jerry cans have made the situation worse.

On our Facebook page, drivers described queues at petrol stations as 'huge' and said some forecourts were 'jam-packed'.

One said: "Saw the Bromsgrove Morrisons was busy at 7pm and even busier 30 minutes later.

"Even that little one in Chaddesley Corbett was full."

Another added: "On empty and three long days coming up, went to turn into Morrisons in Rubery and queue was immense - thankfully the station on Cockhill Lane was empty."

A spokesperson for Morrisons called for calm.

“There have been no outages at any of our sites.

"We are well prepared and have strong supplies so there is no need for customers to buy more fuel than they normally would,” she added.

And an AA spokesperson echoed her comments.

"We are urging people not to panic buy and to continue to stick to their normal petrol buying habits.

"There is enough fuel out there if people fill up responsibly and what we wouldn't want to do is to create a situation at the pumps without there being any actual strikes."

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