Petrol shortage: Fuel crisis in London set to drag on with ‘awful’ situation across the capital

The ongoing petrol crisis is set to drag into its third week in London with stations shut across the city in scenes described by one industry expert as ‘horrendous’.

Although some parts of the country are pulling through with filling stations reopening and the panic buying seeming to slow down, Londoners are still having a nightmare trying to fill up.

Petrol Retailers Association Chairman Brian Madderson told LBC : “Normality is creeping into that part of the country, but London and the South East are absolutely horrendous.”

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Drivers are going to increasingly desperate measures to make sure they have fuel in the tank with fights breaking out at stations, people seen filling up recycled water bottles with fuel and even in one incident a knife was pulled.

The few stations that have been able to remain open have been swamped by drivers with long queues choking nearby roads.

Tory chairman Oliver Dowden said the Government was “working tirelessly” to address fuel shortages.

He told Sky News ’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday “I think it depends where you are in the country,”

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“So, for example, around here in Manchester I was out and about yesterday and I didn’t see any problems with petrol stations, you can get fuel pretty easily.

“There is clearly a problem still in London and the South East and people feel deeply frustrated and I share their anger and frustration at not being able to get access to petrol.

“That’s why the Government is working tirelessly to resolve that situation.”

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Queues for petrol at a Shell on Old Brompton road

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the situation is ‘stabilising’ but this comes as the army is being drafted in to help with the supply issues.

Desperate to fill up their tank, some motorists are using the wrong fuel causing hundreds of pounds in repair costs.

Adding to the already chaotic scenes, more than five times as many people as usual across the country have made the crucial mistake since the crisis began, breakdown company AA have said.

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