There were no queues at supermarket petrol stations across Leeds this afternoon, in one of the strongest signs yet that the fuel crisis could be easing.
Drivers hoping to fill up their tanks at Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s forecourts sailed straight through to the pumps with zero wait time.
Of the stations Leeds Live visited, all stocked both petrol and diesel, except for the Sainsbury’s in the White Rose Centre, which had run out of diesel minutes earlier.
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It was not the same story at many of the stations owned by oil companies, like Shell, BP and Texaco, where many forecourts were closed.
Prices at supermarket stations have remained reasonable as well.
At both Morrisons and Asda in Morley, and Tesco just over the Leeds border in Batley, petrol was selling for 129.7p per litre and diesel was 133.7p.
Petrol cost slightly less at the Sainsbury’s at the White Rose Centre, at just 126.9p while diesel cost 133.9p.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents around two-thirds of the petrol stations in the UK, has said there are “encouraging signs that the crisis at the pumps is easing”.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the same when he announced the Government’s Reserve Tanker Fleet would be mobilised to boost fuel deliveries to forecourts this afternoon.
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He tweeted: “I can confirm the Government’s Reserve Tanker Fleet will be on the road this afternoon to boost deliveries of fuel to forecourts across Britain.
“The trucks are driven by civilians and will provide additional logistical capacity to the fuel industry.
“We are now seeing signs that the situation at the pumps has begun to improve with more stations getting more fuel.
“The sooner we can all return to our normal buying habits, the sooner the situation will return to normal.”
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