Norfolk fuel situation: Stations limit petrol purchases

Cars queuing to get petrol at Tesco Extra on Blue Boar Lane in Sprowston. Picture: Danielle Booden

Cars queuing to get petrol at Tesco Extra on Blue Boar Lane in Sprowston. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Drivers are still queuing for petrol pumps across Norfolk this morning despite national assurances of fuel stock - but demand seems to finally be easing. 

There are currently queues in Thetford Road in Watton, Swaffham Road in Thetford, High Street in Shipdham, the A148 near Fakenham, Holt Road near Thursford Wood, the A47 near Dereham, Norwich Road in Watton, the A11 near Attleborough, High Road in Bastwick.

However, these are less severe than the jams seen earlier this week. 

Many petrol stations still have no fuel, though the shops remain open. 

Such sites include Waitrose in Wymondham, BP in Martineau Lane in Norwich, BP in Acle, Applegreen in Drayton, Morrisons in Beccles, Sainsburys at Longwater, and Shell in Diss.

Some stations have begun limiting purchases, with Morrisons in Bradwell capping customers at £35 and Jet in Rose Lane in Norwich limiting customers at £30. BP in Dereham is no longer selling petrol to reduce congestion.

Norfolk Police have urged the public to not contact them over the ongoing queues, with a spokesperson saying: “We’d urge the public not to call police about queues at petrol station and ask them to consider whether it is necessary to queue or create congestion on some roads."

Alongside shortages, prices of available petrol have risen.

Nationally, the RAC has said that from Friday, September 24, to Sunday, September 26, the price rose by 1p, to 136.59p. In Norfolk, prices range from 143.9p for petrol in Attleborough, to 160p for diesel in Swanton Morley.

Queues for fuel at Asda in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Queues for fuel at Asda in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Panic-buying and storing petrol in jerry cans at home has prompted Norfolk Fire and Rescue to warn people of the dangers of storing petrol unsafely in their home or vehicle... people aren't necessarily storing this petrol in safe containers, a lot of the storage you can buy aren't designed to be secure enough."

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Greg Preston, head of fire prevention and fire protection, said: "Limits are there to prevent accidents from being worse than they could be.

Those who rely on public transport have also been affected by the fuel crisis, with long queues delaying buses, or cutting them off altogether.

Both students and workers are unable to travel, forcing them to miss time at school or work.

Even those who live in quieter villages are being affected.

People living in Walcott, a community of less than 600, having to travel five to six miles to their nearest petrol station, which have been inundated with queues. The 'shortage' is affecting elderly and vulnerable residents as well as the local animal rescue service.

For up-to-date information about the county's roads, visit our LIVE Norfolk traffic map

Join our Norfolk Travel Information group on Facebook for all the latest traffic news in Norfolk. 

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