Major Cardiff Tesco shuts filling station as lorry driver shortage hits fuel supplies in UK – Wales Online

A major branch of Tesco in Cardiff this evening shut its filling station as petrol deliveries across the UK continue to be hit by the HGV driver shortage.

The filling station at the Tesco Extra on Excelsior Road appeared cordoned off earlier, following a warning from BP and Esso that they have been struggling to service filling stations.

Esso owner ExxonMobil earlier said a “small number” of Tesco Alliance petrol forecourts have been impacted by disruption.

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Petrol and diesel are the latest to have been added to the growing list of items affected by the supply crisis currently blighting the UK.

BP has said it is cutting back on its deliveries across the country in order to ensure it doesn’t run out of fuel, the oil giant claiming it’s become increasingly affected by the increasing shortfall of international delivery drivers.

The company told the government in a meeting last Thursday that last the company’s ability to transport fuel from refineries to its network of forecourts was faltering.

BP’s head of UK retail Hanna Hofer described the situation as “bad, very bad”, according to a report by ITV News.

And while a specific timeline is so far unclear, restrictions could come in to play “very soon” with some service stations not being restocked for one-and-a-half days each week.

Those on motorways, however, will be prioritised and restocked as normal.

Tesco had earlier said that it had a “good availability of fuel” at its own filling stations, while some Esso-branded filling stations with a Tesco store have been affected.

The company said it has experienced minimal temporary outages in a small number of areas, and are ensuring supply is replenished quickly.

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil said: “The majority of the 1,200 Esso-branded sites in the UK are owned and operated by a number of independent retail companies, these companies are responsible for arranging supplies of Esso fuel to their sites.

“As regards our own operations, a small number of our 200 Tesco Alliance retail sites are impacted.

“We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers.

“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.”

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

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