Petrol to start running out ‘in 30 minutes’ - but not in Mytholmroyd

Cars queue to get onto the forecourt at the Shell garage on Halifax Road, Todmorden
Cars queue to get onto the forecourt at the Shell garage on Halifax Road, Todmorden

PANIC buying drivers are filling up their vehicles at such a rate that supplies at a Todmorden petrol station will soon run out.

Cars were queuing to get onto the forecourt at the Shell garage, Halifax Road, on Thursday morning, as fears over a possible fuel tanker strike grow.

Azzi Islam, who works at the petrol station, said: “It has been rammed.

“It’s been like this from Monday.

“Since Wednesday night it’s been non-stop until this morning. There has been a lot of panic.

“We are running really low.

“We will be running out in about 30 minutes.”

Mr Islam believes fears of a strike are unfounded.

“There’s not going to be a strike,” he said.

“People are just getting excited.”

The BP garage on Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, received a fresh delivery this morning and staff are confident they will be able to cope with the increased demand for fuel.

Shaun Lees, a cashier team member at the BP garage, said: “It is fine for us. It is business as usual.

“We have had a delivery this morning so we are fine for fuel.

“We have seen some people coming for extra fuel, but that is just because of what is going on nationally.”

There has not yet been any confirmation that a fuel strike will definitely go ahead, but Government advice for motorists to fill up their fuel tanks in anticipation of any industrial action has lead to an increase is customers going to the pumps.

Stuart Andrews, a sole trader from Heptonstall, said; “I have just come to top up because I am going to York in a couple of weeks.

“With the news from David Cameron this morning about filling up jerry cans I am just making sure that I have petrol.

“I am a sole trader and it is my life blood.”

Hundreds of fuel tanker drivers are threatening strike action in a row over working conditions and pay.