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Asda reports no petrol supply issues for a week

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Supermarket chain Asda has said it has not had any petrol supply issues for a week as fuel demand in much of the UK eases.

This comes after petrol retailers said on Tuesday that the situation in London and the South East had improved over the weekend.

However, one out of every ten petrol stations in the region was dry at the time, according to the report.

Due to supply chain concerns, many forecourts in the UK have run dry in recent weeks as people queued to fill up.

On Wednesday, an Asda spokesman stated that the retailer had not experienced any problems in over a week.

“At refineries, there was never a shortage,” he said. “Any increase in demand was always going to be temporary.”

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents nearly 5,500 of the UK’s 8,300 petrol stations, stated on Tuesday that fuel supplies were “improving.”

However, it stated that the situation in London and the South East, the most populous region of the UK, remained “serious” over the weekend.

One out of every ten petrol stations in the region was dry over the weekend, putting it “not far behind the rest of the country,” according to the report.

“There are numerous reports of wet sites quickly drying out because tanker continuity remains out of sync with orders,” the PRA said of the region.

On Wednesday, PRA executive director Gordon Balmer stated that the situation in London and the South East was improving.

“However, rebuilding stock levels back to normal running levels will take some time,” he said.

During the UK’s petrol shortages, motorway service stations were prioritised for deliveries.

Consumers panicked when they learned that some gas stations were experiencing delivery issues.

Many sectors of the UK economy, including supermarkets, other retailers, and ports, have been affected by a lorry driver shortage.

The transportation industry attributes the shortage to factors such as Covid, Brexit, tax changes, and a slowdown in driver testing.

SourceBBC
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