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Fuel supplies drying up at Cumbrian filling station pumps

Petrol and diesel supplies were running low today after panic buying broke out across Cumbria.

Asda’s filling station in Workington was closed after petrol and diesel pumps ran dry.

The BP Pelican garage in Whitehaven had only one pump in action this morning and was rationing supplies to keep reserves for emergency vehicles.

The BP garage at Stainburn, Workington, still had petrol and diesel this morning as did the Morrisons filling stations in Workington and Whitehaven and Tesco at Whitehaven.

The Spar garage at Bigrigg, used by many commuters going to Sellafield, said it had fuel left but “not a great deal”. The business is expecting a further delivery tonight though.

Crossfield Garage in Cleator Moor still had petrol and diesel pumps operating this morning.

In Carlisle, the Shell filling station on the Hardwicke Circus roundabout had run dry as had the Esso garage on London Road.

Long queues began forming on forecourts across the county yesterday afternoon and began to build up again this morning.

Panic buying spread across the UK after comments made by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude advising people to stockpile fuel in jerry cans.

His advice came after tanker drivers with the Unite union voted to strike in a row over terms and conditions.

That sparked fears of fuel shortages across Britain, however the union has still to name a date for industrial action.

The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents about 5,500 garages, criticised the Government’s handling of the situation.

“This is exactly what we didn’t want – people panic-buying,” a spokesman said.

“Deliveries are still being made to garages and we are advising people to continue with their normal buying habits.”

Ministers were due to discuss emergency plans to deal with a tanker driver strike with haulier bosses today.

Conciliation talks aimed at heading off the walkout will not be held before Monday once initial contacts with the Unite union and the seven distribution firms have been concluded by Acas.

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So walk or cycle, oh no wait, you might get killed by a speeding driver.

Posted by Sam on 5 April 2012 at 13:09

@Craig, your having a laugh, aren't you?

Posted by Brian on 4 April 2012 at 05:01

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