SEP 00] FUEL PROTESTS
Panic On The Roads of Warwickshire
Panic buying by
motorists have led to long queues and short tempers across
Warwickshire as the race for the remaining supplies took a grip
to be the driest place in the county for fuel.
stretching from the town along the Birmingham Road out to a
garage in Hatton as motorists queued for hours for the last
drops. Police said the road was blocked to through traffic from
5pm for three hours last night.
The M40 Warwick
services at Barn Hill have no fuel. Corley services on the M6,
near Coventry, is one of the few locations with all grades of
fuel - but expects its supplies to last only until
reported flashpoints on the A34000 in Shipston in the south of
the county and congestion around any service station still
selling fuel, with unleaded petrol in the shortest supply.
stations are now selling to their regular customers only.
Supermarkets have lifted their prices to around 81.9p per litre.
been warned the public not to make long-distance journeys as
fuel supplies are running low or have run out, leaving people
unable to complete their journey or return home.
services are curtailing their non-emergency use of vehicles.
deputy chief constable of Warwickshire said:
confident that we can provide a normal level of service to the
public and have activated contingency plans which will enable
us to do so.
officers will still be out on patrol and the public’s calls
for assistance will be managed in the usual way.”
refinery at Kingsbury in the north of the county is still
blockaded. Police have tried to mediate between the protesters,
who have blocked the entrances with 20 lorries and tractors.
constabulary said it is a ‘peaceful protest’ and have found
a ‘cooperative dialogue from both parties’.
meeting this morning to sort out how services, such as bin
collections, home helps and schools, will be affected if fuel
supplies do run out They expect to issue information later on
how services will be affected.
District Council said all services are currently operating as
normal, but with council staff postponing on non-essential
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FUEL COSTS ARE DAMAGING BUSINESSES