BP petrol stations in Havant, Emsworth, Portsmouth and Portchester shut forecourts as fuel shortage hits the Portsmouth area

FOUR petrol stations were forced to close their forecourts due to the ongoing fuel shortage crisis.

By Matthew Mohan-Hickson
Friday, 24th September 2021, 3:16 pm

A lack of HGV drivers has hit the petrol supply, causing BP to shut a ‘handful’ of sites.

Tesco has also shut a ‘small number’ of its petrol stations, which are operated by Esso, due to shortages.

The News contacted petrol stations across the Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant area this morning, to find out if there were any closures in our area.

BP petrol station in Eastern Road, Portsmouth has now closed its pumps. Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak

The BP petrol station in Park Lane, Bedhampton, is out of fuel – while the BP site in Emsworth also has no fuel, but the rest of the petrol station remains open.

A few hours later the BP petrol station in Eastern Road, Portsmouth also closed its pumps as it ran out of fuel, while the BP in West Street, Portchester has also been reportedly forced to close this afternoon.

However the BP station in Commercial Road is still open as well as the one in Northern Road, Cosham.

The BP in Park Lane, Bedhampton has also run out of petrol. Picture: Google Maps

The BP in Brockhurst Road, Gosport still has fuel and the one in Broom Way, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Although, a couple of the petrol stations did warn that they weren’t able to say how much longer they would have fuel.

The Transport Secretary has urged motorists to ‘carry on as normal’ and not panic buy petrol.

The BP in Havant Road, Emsworth has ran out of petrol. Picture: Google Maps

Speaking on Sky News this morning Grant Shapps said: ‘The advice would be to carry on as normal, and that is what BP is saying as well.

‘I’ll move heaven and Earth to do anything that’s required to make sure that lorries carry on moving our goods and services and petrol around the country.’

The issues around petrol supply, on top of problems in the food industry and rising gas prices have led to warnings the Government faces a ‘winter of discontent’.

A combination of factors including Brexit leading to the loss of European Union drivers, the pandemic preventing driving tests and systemic problems in the industry relating to pay and conditions have led to the shortage of qualified HGV drivers.

BP petrol stations in Emsworth (left) and Bedhampton (right) have ran out of fuel. Picture: Google Maps

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