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Drivers head to filling stations in King's Lynn




Petrol stations in West Norfolk are having a busy day after some companies reported difficulty with supply.

Tesco at the Hardwick in Lynn was slow with vehicles queuing out of the forecourt and snaking back on the slip road at midday.

The wait to get into the Asda petrol station on Langley Road in South Wootton was reported to be more than 20 minutes this morning. By this evening it was reported it had sold out of diesel.

Vehicles Queuing Today at the Tesco Hardwick Petrol Station. (51566566)
Vehicles Queuing Today at the Tesco Hardwick Petrol Station. (51566566)

Morrisons in Coburg Street, Lynn was busy but cars were mainly contained to the forecourt as a member of staff helped marshal drivers smoothly.

A "handful" of BP stations, and a small number of Esso-owned Tesco Alliance stations, were closed across the country yesterday because of a lack of delivery drivers.

But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said refineries had "plenty of petrol".

Vehicles Queuing Today at the Tesco Hardwick Petrol Station. (51566564)
Vehicles Queuing Today at the Tesco Hardwick Petrol Station. (51566564)

The AA said that most of the UK's forecourts were working as they should.

"There is no shortage of fuel and thousands of forecourts are operating normally with just a few suffering temporary supply chain problems," said AA president Edmund King.

Norfolk police asked people in a tweet today to keep highways clear if queuing for petrol.

Norfolk Constabulary/Twitter (51571754)
Norfolk Constabulary/Twitter (51571754)
Tesco Hardwick Petrol Station. (51566571)
Tesco Hardwick Petrol Station. (51566571)
Transport secretary Grant Shapps. Picture: PA/Victoria Jones (51569787)
Transport secretary Grant Shapps. Picture: PA/Victoria Jones (51569787)


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