Strike fears fuel petrol panic buying as Hitchin and Letchworth garages dry up

11:35 30 March 2012

Sainsbury's in Letchworth GC had no unleaded petrol this morning. Photo supplied by Richard Mann.

Sainsbury's in Letchworth GC had no unleaded petrol this morning. Photo supplied by Richard Mann.

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ALL petrol garages in both Hitchin and Letchworth GC have completely run out of unleaded fuel this morning (Friday), it has been reported.

Residents in both towns have reported that unleaded pumps are now dry via social networking site Twitter after panic buying started on Wednesday.

Gareth Cottenden said: “All the pumps in Letchworth are dry this morning!”

Adam Peltan said: “No unleaded fuel in Hitchin or Letchworth. Thanks for causing a panic over nothing Mr Cameron & co.”

The Comet contacted BP and Esso garages for a response but staff said they were unable to comment.

In Stevenage, a number of garages have run out of unleaded with police turning motorists away at the BP garage in Primett Road. The Esso garage off Lytton Way has shut.

One Arlesey resident also informed the Comet that only the Total garage in Stotfold remains open.

The panic buying has come after the Government told the public and businesses to “have contingency plans in place”.

UNITE, the union representing fuel tanker drivers who have threatened to strike, today ruled out a walkout over Easter and said it wanted to focus on peace talks.

Assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We will not be calling Easter strike action as we focus on substantive talks through Acas. We do still retain the right to call strike action for after the Easter, should those talks break down.”

The union has to give seven days’ notice before any potential strike could take place.

*What’s the petrol situation in your town? Email nick.gill@thecomet.net or comment below.

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2 comments

  • The situation is ridculous, as someone who needs fuel to work, i am now limiting my travel to when people regain some common sense!! Also, a lot of the garages including supermarkets have uplifted the price per litre by a few pence in order to make a quick buck (or profiteering as i like to call it). In the last petrol strike in 2000, a small garage in Hitchin put his prices up to £10 per gallon (i think it was abiut £4.50 normall). People still bought from him as they had no choice, however, a few months later, he closed down because people refused to use him anymore because of his actions. Why doesnt the Comet run a name and shame story on those garages who pushed their prices up because of the increased demand?

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    Mr_Mac

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • The situation is ridculous, as someone who needs fuel to work, i am now limiting my travel to when people regain some common sense!! Also, a lot of the garages including supermarkets have uplifted the price per litre by a few pence in order to make a quick buck (or profiteering as i like to call it). In the last petrol strike in 2000, a small garage in Hitchin put his prices up to £10 per gallon (i think it was abiut £4.50 normall). People still bought from him as they had no choice, however, a few months later, he closed down because people refused to use him anymore because of his actions. Why doesnt the Comet run a name and shame story on those garages who pushed their prices up because of the increased demand?

    Report this comment

    Mr_Mac

    Friday, March 30, 2012

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