Petrol queues in Chichester

There have been queues at petrol pumps across the Chichester area.

Manager of the Sainsbury’s store in Portfield, Danny Moore said its filling station was currently out of super unleaded, with a little diesel left, although he thought this would be gone in the next hour or so.

Supplies of unleaded would probably run out by 4pm or 5pm depending on the volume of customers. He said he was not sure when the next delivery would be and that staff had been directing the traffic on the roundabout.

Manager of Texaco on the A27 Chichester bypass, Brian Dates said: “At the moment we have got diesel and we are having a delivery tonight. It was very busy but I think word has got out they are certainly not queuing at the moment.

“We haven’t seen any bad temper.”

There were also queues from 6am at the Tesco petrol station in Fishbourne Road East.

Tangmere service station is due for a delivery between 11pm and 1am while the service station along Lavant Road in Summersdale was empty from 10am.

Other filling stations with supplies left include Birdham service station, and Total UK station in Selsey Road, Sidlesham.

Today the union Unite ruled out strike action over Easter.

People have been warned to fill up only if necessary.

County council advice:Advice for West Sussex motorists on cutting petrol use and costs has been issued by the county council.

It includes a reminder about a countywide car sharing website, and a range of tips available on the council’s travelwise website pages.

Cllr John O’Brien, deputy cabinet member for highways and transport, said they hoped the advice would be useful, not just during the current uncertainty over fuel supplies, but also because petrol was not getting any cheaper.

The car sharing web site www.westsussexcarshare.com could put people in touch with someone who was making a similar journey, and had the potential to halve travel costs.

Anyone living or working in the county could use the site free of charge.

“The site is particularly useful for commuters and those making regular journeys. By sharing journeys on a daily basis commuters can typically save around £700 per year in fuel costs alone,” said a statement issued by the council.

“The travelwise team says public transport is sometimes seen as being expensive but people can greatly reduce their travel costs by buying a weekly or monthly season ticket.

For example, a weekly rail ticket from Littlehampton to Chichester costs £16.40, whereas Google Maps estimates it would cost £34.70 to fuel a car for the same journey - and you won’t have to pay for parking either.”

Area-wide bus passes could offer good value too and people could often save money by buying on-line.

Cycling was a very low cost form of transport and had enormous health benefits. As well as being good for the environment, cycling for 30 minutes a day could help greatly reduce the risk of heart disease.

“The county council also has an on-line cycle journey planner to help people find the quietest route and give turn-by-turn directions,” the statement added.

“It will also tell you how many calories you’ve burned and how much carbon dioxide you have saved by not using a car.”