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Easter weekend ‘nightmare’ as parts of Berkshire experience petrol shortages

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 14, 2022

Service stations in the south are facing fuel shortages, with some people in Berkshire struggling to find petrol. There were also fuel shortages at the end of 2021, partly due to the lack of truck drivers. This time around, however, it seems that the conflict in Ukraine and the protests led by climate activists have triggered the current problems.

Russia is one of the world’s largest oil exporters, so sanctions against the country have sent gasoline prices skyrocketing in recent months. Additionally, the fuel shortage is exacerbated by climate activists Just Stop Oil who have blocked refineries and fuel terminals in the south of England.

Protesters demonstrate against rising fuel prices and also call for an end to the fossil fuel economy. In Berkshire, motorists have noticed the lack of fuel, with some explaining that they have “struggled” to find petrol or diesel for the past week or so.

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We decided to call the county’s gas stations to see if they were indeed out of fuel. Of the 11 who responded, five are either completely out of fuel or very low. While some hoped they would receive delivery soon, a few weren’t quite sure when that would happen.

Petrol stations in Berkshire running out of fuel or out of fuel

  • Shell, Basingstoke Road, Reading
  • BP, three mile cross, reading
  • BP, A4, Reading
  • PO Box Bracknell Road, Crowthorne
  • BP, Wokingham Rd, Earley

Basingstoke Road BP said it had diesel but no petrol. Meanwhile, Three Mile Cross BP said it was out of everything but hoped to have delivery today.

The BP on the A4 at Reading said there was very little shortage of petrol and diesel. BP in Wokingham Road, Bracknell, said it had unleaded but no diesel and would hopefully have a 1pm fuel delivery. The Bracknell Road BP says it has run out of diesel and is low on petrol but should have a 6pm delivery.

Berkshire gas stations that have fuel

  • Basildon Service Station, Reading Rd
  • ESSO MFG Forlease Road, Maidenhead
  • PO Box Windsor Road, Windsor
  • Cresswell Garage, Wokingham
  • Shell, Hungerford
  • BP, London Road, Newbury

BerkshireLive readers recently expressed difficulty finding fuel. Under an article about queues at gas stations, Caroline Jackson said, “I wasn’t even aware of that on Saturday, but some garages were already empty by then.”

Sarah Maskell said she too had “struggled” to find fuel. She said: “I struggled to find unleaded and diesel yesterday. My car was empty after visiting several garages, so I couldn’t risk running out of gas while searching. So I had to phone the garages and send my husband with a can of gas to bring me enough gas to fill up.

Meanwhile, Dominik Lipinski said: “There is really no fuel in the garages. I deliver fuel myself and from Saturday we only deliver to garages that are already sold out.” Companies and businesses have noticed the impact of these fuel shortages. An RAC fuel spokesman, Simon Williams, said the shortages have been an “inconvenience” to consumers.

He said: “Protests at fuel terminals over the past two weekends have led to some south east forecourts running out of fuel due to planned deliveries being disrupted. Although this is obviously a disadvantage at one of the busiest times of the year, drivers should easily be able to find fuel. We expect the situation to resolve soon, barring further protests.

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