Live petrol station updates as army ‘stands ready’ to assist with supply issues

Army tanker drivers were put on a state of readiness as queues at fuel pumps continued on Monday, September 27.

Many stations across Nottinghamshire were also closed yesterday as they ran dry following several days of panic buying amid a shortage of lorry drivers.

Meanwhile, there were long queues at stations that did have fuel, including Asda in Long Eaton and Tesco in Beeston.

Last night ministers confirmed military drivers will get specialised training to prepare for a possible deployment to help with the situation.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The men and women of our Armed Forces stand ready to alleviate the transport pressures where they are felt most.

“That is why I have authorised their increased preparedness so they are ready to respond if needed.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “While the fuel industry expects demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, it’s right that we take this sensible, precautionary step.”

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