Is the fuel crisis alleviating? Pictures from across Nottingham tell the story

The fuel shortage which started late last week has caused panic across the nation as people are still desperately trying to find places to fill up their tanks.

However, many are hopeful that the crisis is starting to improve, as petrol stations across Nottingham have had fuel and queues are starting to get smaller.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said there are signs that the petrol crisis is ‘stabilising’.

Soldiers are delivering fuel across the next couple of days to help relieve supply issues and the government starts to draw on its tanker reserve fleet.

The Ministry of Defence is preparing around 150 qualified military drivers to deliver fuel – and has another 150 personnel ready to support them.

The government has also sped up the process for getting an HGV driver license and have sent letters to existing HGV drivers to encourage them back into the industry.

Many petrol stations across Nottingham have had to remain closed, including the Shell station on Gregory Boulevard and Huntingdon Street.



Texaco on Hucknall Road has had to remained closed after queues caused bus diversions and staff say they ‘hope to re-open this afternoon’ (Thursday September 30).

Karen Mills, 43, from Carlton, who works in retail and was queuing at Texaco, Meadow Lane, said: “This is the first time I’ve gone out to try and get diesel since the whole panic and it’s crazy.”



Queues at Texaco, Meadow Lane.

Another driver in the Texaco queue, John Jordan, 64, from Carlton, who runs a cleaning business, explained how he had tried other stations but they were closed.

He said: “I went one station before this and it was closed, it’s a complete lottery you don’t know where you can count on.”

The Asda petrol station at Hyson Green, saw queues as long as 25 cars this morning.

Other stations, including the Gulf in Long Eaton, only had diesel available for customers.

A glimpse of hope for some, as small queues were seen at the Tesco petrol station in Long Eaton with just a few lining up for fuel.

The Jet petrol station on Mill Street, Old Basford, also saw minimal queues today, Thursday September 30.



Jet petrol station, Mill Street.

Nitha Weevase, 32, a cashier at Jet petrol station, said: “Yesterday there were long queues but today it isn’t as bad.”

Andrew Walker, 58, who was filling his car up at Jet said: “I wasn’t coming out for petrol but then I noticed the small queue and thought I should.

“I’ve only waited 10 minutes max, it is very speedy here.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has suggested offenders who have been given community sentences could be used to address the country’s lack of HGV drivers amid continuing concerns about fuel shortages.

The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents two-thirds of UK filling stations, has said the fuel crisis was “easing”.

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles has spoken out about how the situation was ‘avoidable’.

He said: “The easing of the fuel supply crisis is welcome. However, the situation of this past week was wholly avoidable, with firms having warned for months now of HGV driver shortages.

“The Government’s temporary visa scheme for 5,000 lorry drivers may provide some short-term support to haulage companies, but the fact remains the long-term issues won’t be solved overnight.

“This crisis has just been the tip of the iceberg, with supermarket shelves noticeably low on stock in recent months and other retailers also affected, with Next reporting significant stock shortages this week.

“Policymakers have taken for granted how supply chains work and failed to heed warning signs that were flashing way before Brexit and Covid-19.

“Both these events have undoubtedly contributed to the crisis we are now facing as 25,000 European drivers have returned home this year, while the pandemic has halted driver training and testing to create a huge backlog.

“But other issues are at play here too, including an ageing workforce, expensive training costs, high insurance premiums, poor roadside facilities and traditionally low wages.

“For our economy to function properly, we will require about 100,000 extra lorry drivers – with likely demand for more as shopping habits continue to move online – and this means businesses and decision-makers must work closely together to find both immediate and longer-term solutions to the many challenges facing firms throughout the UK.

“Otherwise, the next crisis could be just around the corner as we build up to a crucial Christmas trading period.”

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