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Mayhem across city as drivers race to the petrol pumps

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24.09.2021

It was chaos on city roads today after drivers panic-bought petrol amid fears of running on empty.

Huge queues for tank refills were spotted at garages across Norwich as a national shortage of HGV drivers began to wreck fuel supply chains.

While things were relatively quiet first thing, by lunchtime Morrisons at Riverside had shut off half its pumps as stock started running dry and queues tailed back to the roundabout in Albion Way.

Queues were also forming at the BP garage in Plumstead Road - Credit: Archant

A member of staff, who did not want to be named, said at some point they would run out completely and have to start turning people away.

Exhausted, he said things had turned "manic".

Morrisons had to start shutting off pumps at Riverside because supplies began to run dry - Credit: Sarah Burgess



The BP garage in Plumstead Road also saw lengthy queues, as did Sainsburys in Queen's Road and the Tesco Extra in Blue Boar Lane.

Buses saw the fallout of the traffic chaos, with Konectbus and FirstBus reporting delays because of petrol-hungry cars clogging up road space.

Anne McCrudden was one of the dozens waiting in her car at Morrisons to fill up.

Anne McCrudden waiting for fuel at Morrisons - Credit: Sarah Burgess



She said: "I'm here because everyone else is........

© Norwich Evening News


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