Panic buying at gas stations across the UK has seen a number of forecourts run out and close amid demand.
The situation initially left two stations on the M5 without different types of fuel this morning, with others having experienced problems in recent days.
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Northbound pumps for Michaelwood services in Gloucestershire have remained without gasoline, according to updates from the INRIX traffic monitoring service.
The update for Michaelwood reads: “No fuel available at gas pumps on the M5 Northbound at Michaelwood Services.
“Between junction 14 and 13.”
Sedgemoor’s services in Somerset had also encountered problems earlier Wednesday morning, with reports that northbound pumps were running out of diesel fuel.
However, INRIX now reports that diesel supplies have been restored.
The latest update read: “Fuel has been restored to diesel pumps on the northbound M5 at Sedgemoor Services.
“Located J22 and J21. “
The public is reassured that the situation is being corrected and that people should only refuel normally in order to avoid further problems.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to reassure the public about the lingering concerns, saying the crisis is “stabilizing” as he urged motorists to go about their business normally.
On Tuesday, Mr Johnson tried to calm nerves over supply chain issues affecting businesses across the country.
He said, “We are now starting to see the situation improve, we are hearing from the industry that the supply is coming back to the forecourt in the normal way.
“And I really urge everyone to go about their business normally and refuel the normal way when you really need to and you know things are going to start to improve. “
The military remains in a “state of readiness” to be able to drive fuel tankers if needed to help alleviate shortages where they occur.
A decision to put 150 military drivers on standby has been formally approved, meaning they can begin training when needed.
Another 150 fellow pilots are also on standby to help with the military effort.
“They are still on hold but can now start training now that it’s approved,” a government source said.
They will be maintained in a “state of readiness” and could be deployed “in the coming days” if necessary, sources said.
The chief of a fuel supplier predicted the UK to be on top of the worst gasoline pump shortage.
James Spencer, managing director of Portland Fuel, told the BBC: “I would logically say the worst is behind us. The initial crisis – if you want to call it that – was caused by the closure of 25 to 30 gas stations near the south coast.
“It was never a particularly major crisis in the first place, obviously, then there was the panic buying, forecourt sales went up 500% over the weekend.
“A lot of people have refueled their tanks now so you might see a drop in demand and refueling at gas stations is a 24/7 job as we speak. petrol stations. are being restocked.
“To some extent, not all the queues at gas stations helped because not all tankers were able to get in. “