Fuel shortages persist in South East England but improvements elsewhere

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of the military speak to an employee at Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, UK, Oct. 2, 2021. REUTERS/Paul Childs/File Photo

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LONDON (Reuters) – Petrol stations in London and south-east England are still struggling with fuel shortages, although the situation in northern England and Scotland has improved, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said on Saturday.

Britain will deploy military tanker drivers to deliver fuel from Monday after a chaotic week of shortages that has led to panic buying and some drivers hoarding petrol in water bottles.

The chairman of the PRA told Sky News that his organization’s survey found that only 16% of the more than 1,000 sites checked on Saturday were out of fuel, an improvement from the 27% that went dry on Friday, but local authorities said they were out of fuel. bottlenecks persisted.

“It’s much better in the north and Scotland, and London and the south east really remain the critical area for the week ahead,” said PRA chairman Brian Madderson.

The survey also found that 68% of sites now had both petrol and diesel available to purchase.

With an acute shortage of truck drivers straining supply chains, the government said on Friday that 200 military tanker personnel will complete their training over the weekend and begin deliveries on Monday.

Members of the military were photographed Saturday at Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, north of London.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said earlier in the day that the supply situation was no longer deteriorating.

“It seems the situation is stabilizing, it’s not quite over yet, that’s one of the reasons the army has been asked to help,” he told the BBC.

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