Norwich: Why are there queues at petrol stations?


12:06 7 April 2022

6:08 PM 7 April 2022

Drivers lined up at some petrol stations in and around Norwich as forecourts ran out of fuel following protests outside refineries and distribution centres.

Queues were reported near the Thickthorn, Plumstead Road, Aylsham Road, Mile Cross Lane and William Frost Way garages.

The forecourts have run out of fuel for the past two days due to activists from Just Stop Oil, a climate justice group, blocking roads used to access refineries and fuel distribution centres.

The group calls on the government to stop all funding for new oil and exploration licenses.

Queues for petrol at the Applegreen Garage in Aylsham Road, Norwich
– Credit: Archant

Hundreds of protesters have been blocking roads since April 1, preventing tankers from exiting or entering.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “We are aware that protests last Friday and Saturday at 10 fuel terminals in the South East and Midlands disrupted scheduled deliveries.

“This included preventing tanker drivers from leaving terminals to deliver fuel to forecourts and some damage to vehicles and property.

“We understand that operations are now back to normal, which means the forecourts will receive new supplies.”

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