Don't panic buy - warning as queues form at petrol stations

Queues forming outside the Asda fuelling station in Stowmarket

Queues forming outside the Asda fuelling station in Stowmarket - Credit: Archant

Petrol stations in Suffolk have closed after running out of fuel as fears grow over shortages caused by the national lorry driver crisis.

Meanwhile queues have grown outside some others across the county as drivers panic buy - however motorists are being reassured there is plenty of supply and to fill up as normal.

Cones were placed on the forecourt at the Esso Combs Ford station in Poplar Hill this morning.

The station's store remains open but is not selling any fuel.

The Esso garage in Poplar Hill, Stowmarket has been closed

The Esso garage in Poplar Hill, Stowmarket has been closed - Credit: Archant

The Esso in Northern Road in Sudbury has also closed, while it is understood the Sainsbury's station in nearby Conrad Road is also shut.

The majority of BP and Shell garages in Suffolk and north Essex remain open as usual, according to their websites.

One Shell garage - at Langham near Colchester - is currently closed.

AA president Edmund King stressed forecourts were operating normally, with a few suffering temporary supply chain problems.

Queues outside the BP petrol station in Rougham Road, Bury St Edmunds

Queues outside the BP petrol station in Rougham Road, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

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He said: "Fridays and the weekend always tend to be busier on forecourts as drivers either combine filling up with shopping runs, prepare for weekend trips or refuel for the start of the new working week.

Drivers queue up to get fuel in Woolpit, near Bury St Edmunds

Drivers queue up to get fuel in Woolpit, near Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

"Drivers should not fill up outside their normal routines because, even if the occasional petrol station is temporarily closed, others just down the road will be open."

Pictures have been shared on social media of long queues forming outside petrol stations in the region.

Motorists queue outside a petrol station in Clacton

Motorists queue outside a petrol station in Clacton - Credit: Archant

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said earlier on Friday that motorists should “carry on as normal" at the pumps after BP announced a number of its stations had been temporarily closed.

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