People across Wales are rushing to buy fuel, despite being warned there is not a shortage of diesel and petrol at stations.

On Thursday, BP said it had closed a handful of its petrol forecourts due to a lack of available fuel.

UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, confirmed overnight that BP had to close only five of its 1,200 forecourts across the UK on Thursday due to a lack of delivery drivers.

Between 50 to 100 BP forecourts are affected by shortages, while Esso said "a small number" of its Tesco Alliance retail sites have been hit.

While acknowledging that he did not have the answer to how many forecourts were closed, Mr Shapps confirmed that very few retailers had experienced closures, with Asda, Morrisons and other supermarkets are saying they have “no problems”.

According to the Petrol Retailers Association, there are around 8,380 petrol stations throughout the UK.

Of these, around 1 per cent are closed at the moment.

The AA has also confirmed that most of the UK’s forecourts are working as they should, with president Edmund King saying: “There is no shortage of fuel and thousands of forecourts are operating normally with just a few suffering temporary supply chain problems.

“Fridays and the weekend always tend to be busier on forecourts as drivers either combine filling up with shopping runs, prepare for weekend trips or refuel for the start of the new working week.

“Drivers should not fill up outside their normal routines because, even if the occasional petrol station is temporarily closed, others just down the road will be open.

“It is now clear that there have been occasional delays over recent weeks that have been managed with hardly anyone noticing. This was a manageable problem.”

In Wales specifically, Tesco confirmed it has "good availability" with deliveries arriving every day, while Asda said all its stations are fully operational.

In a tweet, Oil4Wales said: “WE ARE OPEN!!

“You may have seen the extensive media coverage around long queues and issues with stocks of fuel at filling stations all over South Wales.

“All of our filling stations are open, with all grades available.”

Despite the moves to reassure customers, queues at petrol stations have been witnessed across Wales, especially in cities and urban areas.

According to The National’s sister publication The Argus, Sainsbury's in Newport has run out of diesel and is turning drivers away as other stations experience long but “fast-moving” queues.

Likewise, in Wrecsam, The Leader is reporting long queues outside stations.

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