buying leaves queues outside Burnham-On-Sea petrol stations
stations in the Burnham-On-Sea area are reporting long queues
as motorists panic buy fuel ahead of a potential tanker driver
have been forming outside petrol stations including the Total
garage in Burnham Road, pictured above, and the Texaco garage
in Berrow Road.
has shot up across the UK after government ministers advised people
to top up in case of a strike.
staff member at Burnham's Total garage told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It has been incredibly busy since Tuesday. We've received
extra deliveries this week to cope with demand and more supplies
are on the way."
queues may have increased due to in part to the temporary closure
of Burnham's Esso petrol station, which is currently undergoing
scheduled maintenance this week.
ministers have rejected retailer claims across the country that
their advice has caused the 'panic buying'. Anticipating a strike
they describe as "completely wrong", ministers had called
for motorists to keep their cars "topped up" but urged
people not to queue.
strike is fixed and conciliation service Acas says it hopes to
set up talks by Monday, making action over Easter now less likely.
Some 90% of UK forecourts are supplied by the Unite union's 2,000
or so members, who are calling for minimum standards of working
conditions and pay.
Petrol Retailers Association, which represents around 5,500 garages,
said: "This is exactly what we didn't want - people panic
buying. Deliveries are still being made to garages and we are
advising people to continue with their normal buying habits."
Top, the busy scenes at Burnham's Total garage on Thursday and,
above, at the Texaco garage in Berrow Road (Pic: Tristan Bacon)