UK petrol stations with fuel near me – Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda & Shell updates as London & south fuel levels CRITICAL

THE UK petrol crisis continues to rumble on – amid warnings it could be WEEKS before things return to normal.

However some supermarkets are operating as normal.

Sainsbury’s has said it is not currently experiencing any issues at its petrol stations, of which there are around 300.

A spokesperson said: “We’re closely monitoring the situation and working closely with our supplier to maintain fuel supply.”

But that doesn’t mean shoppers and drivers won’t experience long queues and potential delays as it can vary between locations.

Meanwhile, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has warned that fuel shortages are getting worse in some parts of the country.

Chariman Brian Madderson said it remains a "really big problem" in London and the South East.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "In London and the South East and possibly parts of eastern England, if anything it had got worse."

Read our energy companies live blog for live updates on the crisis…

  • Milica Cosic

    1 in 10 breakdown policies don’t cover running out of fuel

    One in 10 breakdown policies has no cover for drivers who run out of fuel, analysis has found.

    Some 89% of UK breakdown policies analysed by financial information business Defaqto will cover customers who run out of fuel.

    Brian Brown, consumer finance expert at Defaqto, said: “With the current panic buying of fuel around the country, it is much more difficult to top up your vehicle.

    “Inevitably, we are likely to see more people running out of fuel while driving. If this happens to you, and you have breakdown cover, your provider will most likely be able to help you out by towing you to a petrol station.

    “Just because they will tow you to a petrol station, or give you enough fuel to get you to one, there’s no guarantee that the filling station will have fuel. And they will not tow you all over the country looking for fuel, so you still need to be careful.

    “Even if you don’t have a standalone breakdown insurance policy, you may find that it is included with your vehicle insurance or even included as an extra with your bank account if you have a premium account. Not all policies have this cover, though, and so it is worth checking before you claim.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Don't panic

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on September 26 there is “no shortage of fuel” in Britain and “people should be sensible” and fill up only when they need to. 

    While there is plenty of fuel, there are not enough HGV drivers to transport it due to a mix of European drivers returning home after Brexit, the pandemic and some professionals retiring.

    Experts estimate the nation faces a shortfall of 100,000 drivers.

    Ministers said they expected the situation to improve further, with the first troops driving tankers expected to appear on the roads “in the next couple of days”.

  • Milica Cosic

    They've hit the jackpot AGAIN

    FANS of The Simpsons have claimed the animated series "predicted" the petrol shortage sweeping the UK.

    The 2010 episode titled "Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life" has become the focus of social media sleuths.

    Homer is seen purchasing 1,000 gallons of fuel and free-pouring it into his car boot, carelessly pumping the fuel into the back of his car – seemingly mirroring the actions of greedy gas-guzzlers.

    A clip of The Simpsons episode has now caused a stir after being shared on social media alongside the caption: "Is there anything the Simpsons didn’t predict?!"

    "Convinced the guy that made The Simpsons is definitely a time traveller," one confused commenter wrote.

    "At this rate, we might as well just plan ahead using Simpson episodes," another said. "We're living in the Matrix!"

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fuel crisis: The latest

    • Britain faces a months-long fuel, energy, and food crisis, ministers fear
    • A man was filmed shouting “I’ll slap you” at a woman in a petrol station row after she confronted him over “jumping a two-hour queue”
    • Ambulance drivers are sent begging letters urging them to help drive fuel trucks amid petrol crisis
    • What UK petrol stations have fuel near YOU – Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons all OPEN but crisis will still last WEEKS

    Has there been a fuel shortage before?

    The last time the UK experienced serious fuel shortages was in 2000 when protests over rising prices led to many forecourts running dry.

    Farmers and lorry drivers blockaded refineries meaning fuel could not
    be transported to petrol stations.

    Petrol retailers began rationing their remaining supplies as panicked motorists tried to stockpile.

    Schools closed, the NHS was cast into an emergency state, and Royal Mail said it only had enough fuel for one more day of deliveries.

    Explained: Is there a fuel shortage?

    There is no actual shortage of petrol or diesel in the UK.

    Some petrol stations are experiencing a shortage in supplies due to a lack of HGV drivers to deliver it to forecourts.

    This has led to huge queues across the country, and even some scraps at the pumps.

    Drivers are being urged not to panic or stockpile fuel as demand is still only at 92 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest data.

    The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said that means there should be enough stock at refineries and delivery terminals throughout the UK. 

    Gordon Balmer from the PRA said: "Cases of complete forecourt stock-outs have been rare so the resilience of retail fuels is not in question, which is good news for motorists."

    And Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on September 26 there is “no shortage of fuel” in Britain and “people should be sensible” and fill up only when they need to. 

    Motorists turned away from petrol station so James Nesbitt can film

    Fuming motorists were turned away from a fully-stocked petrol station so James Nesbitt could film a TV drama.

    The star ignored boos and horns to play his role, including filling up a car. Channel 4’s Suspect shut pumps for seven hours in South London.

    An ambulance driver in the queue for fuel fumed: “At what point is Nesbitt’s new show more important than NHS staff and other desperate motorists filling up tanks?”

    Other angry car owners running on empty looked on in disbelief as Nesbitt, 56, filmed as a vengeful cop in Channel 4’s Suspect. A lorry filled tanks at the 24-hour Texaco garage at 11.30pm on Wednesday. 

    But 30 minutes later No Entry signs went up with the public not allowed back until 7am yesterday. 

    Nesbitt, in character as detective Danny Frater, was seen filling up a white BMW with fuel. 

    Fuel shortages ‘getting worse’ in London and the South-East

    The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has warned that fuel shortages are getting worse in some parts of the country.

    Brian Madderson said it remains a “really big problem” in London and the South East.

    He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “In London and the South East and possibly parts of eastern England, if anything it had got worse.”

    Mr Madderson welcomed the announcement that military drivers are to be deployed from Monday, but he warned it will only have a limited impact.

    “This isn’t going to be the major panacea,” he said. “It’s a large help but in terms of the volume, they are not going to be able to carry that much. We do need a prioritisation of deliveries to filling stations – particularly the independent ones which are the neighbourhood retail sites – in London and the South East starting immediately.”

    He said rising world oil prices mean motorists should expect higher prices at the pumps when filling stations are resupplied.

    “Expect anything from 1, 2 or even 3p a litre increases at the pump. This is not profiteering. This is genuine wholesale price increases causes by global factors.”

    How do I use Google Maps to spot long queues?

    Using apps like Google Maps you can locate your nearest petrol station and even check prices.

    To find out where the biggest queues are go to Google Maps, search petrol stations and using the terrain tab on the top right-hand side select traffic view.

    Red lines on the map will show where heavy traffic is being reported, with green lines indicating that the roads are clear.

    The app will also show you what time the station is open and sometimes display the cost of fuel there as well.

    • Joseph Gamp

      It could be 'a week or so' before pumps return to normal

      Earlier policing minister Kit Malthouse warned that it could be a "week or so" before the situation at the petrol pumps returned to normal.

      With long queues continuing in some parts of the country – particularly London and the South East – he said they needed to see some improvement over the coming days.

      "I think if things started to deteriorate further, obviously the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy (Kwasi Kwarteng), whose responsibility this is, will have to review the situation," he told the BBC.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Starmer calls for emergency measures to end lorry driver crisis

      Sir Keir Starmer has called on Boris Johnson to take "emergency" action to address the shortage of lorry drivers which, he said, was threatening to ruin Christmas.

      The Labour leader said the Prime Minister should if necessary recall Parliament to rush through legislation to ensure the shelves remain stocked in the run up to the festive season.

      His call on the eve of the Tory Party conference in Manchester came after a Government minister said it could take another "week or so" to resolve the fuel crisis, with long queues at continuing in some parts of the country.

      This followed warnings of shortages across the economy, from retailers to meat producers, unless immigration rules were relaxed to admit seasonal workers from abroad.

      In a statement, Sir Keir said that a scheme to issue 5,000 temporary visas to foreign lorry drivers would not be up and running "for weeks".

    • Joseph Gamp

      Rishi Sunak says shortages 'are very real'

      The Government has said there is no national fuel shortage, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the Daily Mail there is global disruption to supply chains in other industries.

      He told the paper: "These shortages are very real. We're seeing real disruptions in supply chains in different sectors, not just here but around the world.

      "We are determined to do what we can to try to mitigate as much of this as we can.

      "As you can imagine there's an enormous amount of focus on this from the Government because we know how important this is. My kids will be very upset with me if there isn't a proper Christmas."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Save Ken from eviction (continued…)

      One local told the Sun: "Ken's always helping with the lady across the road, he's a great help to everyone.

      "The council have acted unfairly, they even said he had rats in his home once.

      "I've never seen rats in his home and I have a big dog so if there were any rats, we would have known about it by now."

      Another added: "We're all helping him. We posted on Facebook about Ken and what's happened to him and 60 people responded within two hours. People want to help."

      Ken's garden is littered with debris from a hedge he's cut down and an
      abandoned motorbike lies close to his front door.

      Messages of support and offers of help have flooded social media as the
      deadline for Ken's eviction looms closer.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Stay and help

      The temporary visa scheme was announced last week as panic buying hit filling stations across the UK, with a shortage of HGV drivers having affected supplies of petrol and diesel.

      As well as foreign drivers, 5,500 poultry workers will also be allowed in to help keep supermarket shelves stocked with turkeys before Christmas.

      But it added that the visas will not be a long-term solution and it wants to see employers make investments in the UK domestic workforce instead of relying on overseas labour.

      It said it is also working with industry to find long-term solutions to the shortage of HGV drivers and to encourage more people to enter the logistics by improving pay and conditions.

      Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Thanks to the immense efforts of industry over the past week, we are seeing continued signs that the situation at the pumps is slowly improving.

      “UK forecourt stock levels are trending up, deliveries of fuel to forecourts are above normal levels, and fuel demand is stabilising.

      “It’s important to stress there is no national shortage of fuel in the UK, and people should continue to buy fuel as normal. The sooner we return to our normal buying habits, the sooner we can return to normal.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Johnson tells haulage firms to stop relying on cheap foreign drivers

      Boris Johnson has issued a fresh warning to the road haulage industry that it cannot expect to rely on cheap immigrant labour in future.

      Speaking on the eve of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the Prime Minister said he wanted to end the UK's reliance on low-wage foreign workers and for it to become "a well-paid, well-skilled, highly productive economy".

      His comments came after the Government announced it was extending 5,000 temporary visas being offered to foreign lorry drivers amid warnings of shortages on the shelves in the run-up to Christmas.

      They include 300 bespoke visas for tanker drivers who will be able to come into the UK "immediately" amid claims the fuel crisis is getting worse in some parts of the country.

      Speaking during a visit to Leeds General Infirmary, Mr Johnson said the situation on forecourts was "stabilising" after days of filling stations running dry due to panic buying.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Neighbours vow to save OAP hoarding gas & petrol from eviction

      NEIGHBOURS have vowed to stop an OAP hoarding gas and petrol in a council house from being kicked out.

      Ken May – who has lived in the property since 1955 when he was a baby – faces eviction from his home in Standfield Gardens, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

      The 67-year-old has no mains electricity, instead using a petrol generator to charge car batteries and stores Calor gas cannisters in his home.

      A judge blasted the storage of fuel as "dangerous" – and said the council was within its rights to evict him as the property had deteriorated.

      But, far from branding eccentric Ken a pest, his neighbours are determined to help him stay.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Petrol chief says measures 'will have limited impact'

      Petrol Retailers' Association chair Brian Madderson welcomed the announcement-warned it will only have a limited impact.

      "This isn't going to be the major panacea," he told BBC Radio 4.

      "It's a large help but in terms of the volume, they are not going to be able to carry that much.

      "We do need a prioritisation of deliveries to filling stations – particularly the independent ones which are the neighbourhood retail sites – in London and the South East starting immediately."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Petrol prices set to jump 3p per litre next week

      PETROL and diesel prices could rise 3p per litre next week an industry expert has warned as the fuel crisis rumbles on.

      A jump in wholesale fuel prices is expected to be passed on to drivers at petrol pumps.

      Petrol Retailers' Association chair Brian Madderson told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning: "Expect anything from 1, 2 or even 3p a litre increases at the pump.

      "This is not profiteering. This is genuine wholesale price increases causes by global factors."

      He said it was not related to the driver shortage which has caused a surge in panic buying and has led to forecourts running out of fuel.

      Instead, the potential 3p price hike is due to the rising cost of Brent Crude oil and the pound weakening against the dollar.

       

    • Joseph Gamp

      Driver shouts ‘I’ll slap you!’ at woman in petrol station row 

      A DRIVER shouts "I'll slap you" at a woman in a petrol station row after she confronts him over "jumping a two-hour queue".

      Beth Ashton filmed the tirade of verbal abuse she suffered in the line for petrol – believed to be outside a forecourt in London – yesterday.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Pictured: Quarter of pumps still completely dry

      Countless pumps are still running on empty nation-wide, with the fuel crisis a "really big problem" in London and the South East, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

      Queues of drivers snaked along roads outside petrol stations from 1am this morning with drivers desperate to be the first-in-line for opening.

      Angry motorists have accused the Government of 'gaslighting' them.

    • Joseph Gamp

      The Army of the unlead

      Military tanker drivers have been undertaking training at haulier sites and will be deployed to deliver fuel to forecourts across the country to help relieve the situation, which the Government insists is stabilising.

      The Ministry of Defence approved the request for assistance and soldiers will start driving fuel lorries on Monday next week.

      The new development will see soldiers driving HGVs after the PM was urged to "act now" as thousands of Brits panic buy at petrol stations across the country.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Fuel crisis: The latest

      • Britain faces a months-long fuel, energy, and food crisis, ministers fear
      • A man was filmed shouting "I'll slap you" at a woman in a petrol station row after she confronted him over "jumping a two-hour queue"
      • Ambulance drivers are sent begging letters urging them to help drive fuel trucks amid petrol crisis
      • What UK petrol stations have fuel near YOU – Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons all OPEN but crisis will still last WEEKS

      Military being deployed as a caution says Sajid

      In a bid to encourage calm and dissuade panic buyers, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said the fuel situation is "stabilising" in most parts of the country and the military is being deployed as a "precaution".

      He told Sky News: "I think it is right that as a precaution that the Government has asked the military to help.

      "I think that is the right measure to take to make sure that people have all the confidence that they need.

      "I think that will further stabilise the situation and give more confidence."

      £2.93 per litre at West London petrol station (continued…)

      In a frantic bid to avoid running out – and to capitalise on the rush for petrol – the Gulf station in Sloane Avenue hiked up its cost to an eye-watering £2.93 per litre of Super Unleaded fuel.

      And drivers weren't put off, with pumps selling out in a matter of hours.

      Local resident Simon Lloyd, 56, told the Sun: “I thought it was high at £1.98.5 and then it’s gone up.

      “It’s only a small petrol station with three pumps, they are trying to dissuade people in a nice way from filling up their tanks.

      “But a guy filled up with 55 litres so it’s not deterring people at all, they will pay any price.

      “There were guys parked in there for hours waiting for it to open.”

      Petrol station charging £2.93 per litre SELLS OUT

      A PETROL station charging almost £3 per litre has sold out as Britain's fuel shortage gets WORSE in some areas.

      Gulf station in west London, is charging desperate fuel-short Brits £2.93 per litre to top up – double it's normal £1.98-per-litre charge.

      Countless pumps are still running on empty nation-wide, with the fuel crisis a "really big problem" in London and the South East, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

      Queues of drivers snaked along roads outside petrol stations from 1am this morning with drivers desperate to be the first-in-line for opening.

      And now, 200 soldiers are set to start delivering petrol on Monday in a bid to end the crisis after going through a crash HGV course.

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