Over the past two days we have provided updates on the petrol status in Wrexham as many people began to panic buy over the threat of strikes. Our motive in providing these updates is not to encourage panic buying, but rather to provide updates for those who are genuinely in need of fuel for work purposes etc. On Wednesday we tried to downplay the suggestions of panic buying in Wrexham, but by the afternoon most petrol stations had large queues formed outside them. Yesterday, there were similar scenes with several petrol stations, including Asda and Tescos running out of fuel.
We will keep this page updated today with further details as and when we get it:
9am - The first two garages we visited in Hightown and the Shell garage on Mold Road were relatively quiet, but only had stock of unleaded petrol. However, Sainsburys as with previous days had a large queue beginning to form and had stock of both diesel and unleaded. Asda’s petrol station was open again having been closed yesterday with both diesel and unleaded available, queues were fairly short when we visited. Tescos’ petrol station remains closed, as pictured above, with no indication of when a delivery will take place. The last petrol station we visited was Smithy Garage which had unleaded and diesel in stock although not at every pump. Again, queues were relatively short.
11.45am - Fuel tankers have arrived at Morrison’s and Tesco which may signal the re-opening of Tescos petrol station. Morrison’s and Asda are beginning to get busy for the lunchtime rush. Update from Mark Edwards (@medwards_82)
12.15pm – Plenty of petrol and no queues at Morrisons with a tanker present. The panic buying seems to show some signs of alleviating this lunch time as supply begins to outstrip demand. @wrexham follower Nick Hughes (@NickHughes1878) says that he only had to queue for 5 minutes at Sainsburys. Of course the real test will come after 5pm when people finish work.
1pm - Some big news coming in as the Unite union rule out a strike over Easter, hopefully putting an end to the panic buying. As reported above the situation in Wrexham generally seems to have improved vastly today. Unite has said that conciliation talks are planned although they haven’t ruled out a post Easter strike if those talks fail.
2pm – A quick drive round town saw most petrol stations fairly quiet, although there are still relatively large queues at Tescos. This could be due to the fact that the station has only recently re-opened or the news that there will be no strike over Easter hasn’t filtered through yet.
6pm - Another check round town found that Asda has run out of unleaded once again. However, Tescos is open once more and as we drove past a tanker was delivering more fuel. We are still awaiting updates on Sainsburys, Morrisons and other garages.
At one petrol station we visited prices for unleaded had been put up to 149.9p per litre, which is over 10p more than the average found in the AA’s latest fuel price report. There has been some debate going on via our Twitter account over the morality of this increase in price with some seeing it as sensible business practice and a case of supply and demand and others regarding it as a rip off.
As with previous days we would urge people not to panic, and take their usual fuel loads.
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