Bexley petrol stations return to normal after strike fears

PUBLISHED: 16:38 03 April 2012

Panic buying at petrol stations has stopped

Panic buying at petrol stations has stopped

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Petrol stations across Bexley have had mixed experiences as they attempt to return to normality following last week’s fuel panic

Government ministers suggested motorists should stock up on petrol last Wednesday (March 28) to prepare for the possibility of strike action by fuel tanker drivers.

This caused cars to rush to the forecourts and stations to run out of fuel.

Karen, manager of Total Petrol on Long Lane, Bexleyheath, said: “We haven’t been short in the past week. No shortage, no strike, no problem.”

Last week an employee of WJ King, on Lane Long, Bexleyheath, said: “It’s been manic, absolutely manic for two days.”

On Tuesday the petrol station said they still had unleaded petrol but no diesel or super unleaded, although they are hopeful a tanker will be delivering petrol to the station.

A spokesperson for Tesco, where queues were spilling out onto the street at the petrol station on Edgington Way, Sidcup, said it is business as normal.

A statement said: “We are currently seeing petrol sales at normal levels. We will continue to monitor the situation and we are putting in place sensible contingency plans for the next few weeks.

“We would like to reassure our customers that we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum in the event of industrial action.”

Talks were held yesterday (4) between fuel tanker drivers, their employers and conciliation service Acas to try and prevent a possible strike.

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