Incredible footage taken from a bird’s-eye view shows the scale of Britain’s fueling frenzy, as cars block a major junction and snake lines down the streets.
It’s a sight that is becoming all too familiar across the country, as millions of petrol-thirsty motorists wait for fuel at struggling stations.
Desperation for fuel has reached fever pitch in recent days, with the government saying it is considering sending the military to help.
Video taken in Bushe, Hertfordshire shows miles of traffic trailing behind as motorists wait to get to the Esso garage.
And drone footage taken in south London serves as another reminder of the traffic consequences of the crisis.
Video taken above a petrol station in West Norwood shows a mile-long traffic jam in both directions, creating chaos at the intersection junction.
In the upper right corner of the clip, a Texaco garage can be seen crowded by motorists who want to fill up.
Oncoming queues – which stretch out from view – cause other drivers to become stuck at the Crown Point intersection amid a fueling frenzy.
Buses were also seen overcrowded and passengers were asked to alight.
Skyview London drone cameraman Colin Oladimeji shot the footage on Sunday and said he too was surprised by the extent of the queues.
One local said: “And it’s also bloody noise. Most people blow the horns night and day as people line up and block all main traffic.
“Hopefully they’re out by the time I get home and it’s quiet tonight.”
“I just went through there. Absolutely madness,” said another.
It comes after the prime minister urged “act now” as panic buying continues, fights break out on the forecourt and more than half the stations run out of fuel.
Monday morning madness
But the situation does not appear to be easing as millions returned to work on Monday morning – as miles-long queues for fuel took back the A12 and M25.
Thousands of Britons have been forced to work from home today as queues began outside petrol stations from 5am.
TomTom traffic data shows that there is less congestion in all major cities today.
Oddly, some motorists are chasing fuel trucks to keep their cars on the roads.
Now “several hundred soldiers” could be brought in to help steer fuel tankers to the stations if Boris signs off on Operation Escaline today.
It comes like this…
- Petrol supply has been robbed with industry data showing that 85% of stations have run out of fuel
- Controversy has erupted in the courtyard – including dramatic scenes between moped drivers
- Competition laws have been suspended in an attempt to stop panic buying
- UK’s second largest oil refinery falls over £223 million VAT payment
- While going to emergency an ambulance crashes into traffic waiting for petrol
- Grant Shapps blames haulers for chaotic scenes
- List of fueled petrol stations can be found here
Up to 90 percent of all service stations outside the motorway are now dry as Britons rush to fill their cars.
The government says that there is no shortage of fuel. Top officials have defended plans to send foreign drivers to steer the tankers.
But his plan to bring 5,000 truck drivers from the continent on short-term visas is in jeopardy as many are refusing to come.
Competition laws were suspended Saturday night by the business secretary to help fuel suppliers cooperate with struggling stations to ensure replenishment.