The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is providing live updates on the fuel shortages in France via English-speaking newspaper Connexion France. The newspaper’s website has a real-time map displaying availability of fuel across the country.
“Awareness and planning are key if you’re travelling through France in the next few days,” said James Hookham, FTA’s deputy chief executive, “Try to ensure you have enough fuel when you leave the UK and if you need to fill up, check the website or app to see which stations still have fuel.
“If the situation deteriorates further, deliveries to shops could be affected as drivers struggle to get fuel. FTA hopes the protests and blockades don’t extend to the Port of Calais like last summer, when we saw unprecedented chaos and disruption to the supply chain costing our members hundreds of thousands of pounds.”
Last week some 5,382 of the 10,246 petrol stations in France were either low or out of fuel – according to statistics by Mon-essence.fr, which used an online map to help drivers identify petrol stations where fuel is not available. This appears to have settled down in the last few days.
Brittany Ferries had to delay services from St Malo to Portsmouth due to the general strike on Friday – which saw workers at the Port take industrial action. Services to and from Le Havre to Portsmouth were also delayed.