Traffic congestion built up around the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke this lunchtime as motorists fearing petrol shortages queued to fill up at the Tesco garage.
The queue of vehicles waiting to enter the filling station stretched back to the Three Brooks Roundabout and traffic leaving the centre slowed to a crawl as Tesco staff battled to control the onslaught of panicking motorists.
At noon, around half of the fuel nozzles at the station were labelled “out of use”, with signs indicating that unleaded fuel was only available at the front pumps (nearest the kiosk).
A Tesco employee in the kiosk said the pumps had run dry last night at 10pm and he was sure the same would happen today – at a much earlier time. He added that a tanker delivery is expected to replenish stocks overnight.
Willow Brook Centre staff and a PCSO were seen observing the traffic problems as two Tesco staff directed cars to the pumps and tried to keep vehicles leaving the centre moving.
Fears of shortages have been sparked by a threatened strike of fuel tanker drivers.
Related link: Q&A: Fuel tanker strikes (BBC)
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