Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons give shoppers update on petrol stations as panic buying gets worse – My London

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have given an update after huge queues were seen outside petrol stations today.

Massive queues formed at petrol stations across London for a second day (Saturday, September 25) as drivers struggle to get fuel and panic buying gets even worse.

The Government is urging motorists and shoppers not to panic buy fuel and goods as the shortage of lorry drivers hit supplies across the UK.

The lack of HGV drivers is causing issues with transporting fuel from distribution terminals to forecourts which led to the closure of a small number of BP petrol stations.

The shortage of drivers has caused chaos for supermarkets, restaurants and retailers throughout the summer.

READ MORE: London petrol stations live: Huge queues at petrol stations across capital for second day as drivers struggle to get fuel

Closed pumps at a Shell garage in Clapham, London
Closed pumps at a Shell garage in Clapham, London
(Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

Videos and photos posted online has shown frustrated motorists struggling to get fuel and enter supermarkets today due to massive queues outside petrol stations.

Despite this, a spokesperson from Tesco said they have ‘good availability of fuel’ at their forecourts today.

A Tesco spokesperson told My London: “We have good availability of fuel, with deliveries arriving at our petrol filling stations across the UK every day”.

The supermarket is reportedly facing temporary outages in a small number of areas. However, the supermarket confirmed that they are not currently rationing fuel at their forecourts.

Motorists across London are struggling to fill up their tanks today
Motorists across London are struggling to fill up their tanks today
(Image: 2021 Getty Images)

Asda blamed the “increased demand” from customers as the main issue behind fuel supply problems.

“There is no shortage, but increased demand from customers rushing to fill up means that the main issue is keeping up with that and refuelling the tanks at stations,” a spokesperson for the supermarket told Sky News.

“None of our stations have closed other than temporarily to refuel.”

Sainsbury’s said they are ‘experiencing high demand for fuel’ as panic buying intensifies.

A spokesperson from Sainsbury’s told My London: “We’re experiencing high demand for fuel. We’re working closely with our supplier to maintain supply and all our sites continue to receive fuel.”

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Morrisons have said they are ‘working hard with suppliers’ in order to keep pumps open and serve customers in the capital.

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “It is a rapidly moving situation and we are working hard with our suppliers to ensure we can continue to keep our pumps open and serve our customers.”

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