The Daily Telegraph

Drivers urged to top up petrol well in advance

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

MOTORISTS have been urged to top up early as hundreds of petrol stations are closing on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons will close forecourts on Monday before some reopen at 5pm.

Supermarke­ts account for around a fifth of forecourts in the UK but dominate fuel sales.

Simon Williams, RAC fuel spokesman, told the BBC: “With many supermarke­t forecourts closed until the evening on Monday, our advice to drivers needing to refuel is to seek out a good-value independen­t filling station that’s choosing to stay open, or top up over the weekend instead.”

Morrisons said it will keep its supermarke­ts closed all day but planned to reopen its petrol pumps at 5pm.

A small number of Tesco self-service petrol stations will reopen in the evening, but customers are urged to check locally. Sainsbury’s said its fuel stations and convenienc­e shops will be open from 5pm to 10pm to allow people to “pick up essential items”.

Shell has also announced it will close all petrol stations between 10.30am and 1pm to “allow staff and customers to pay their respects”.

The oil giant has 1,123 sites across the UK and operates 526 of them.

The remaining 597 are owned by independen­t dealers which trade under its brand.

Shell said it will be at the “discretion of individual business” but that it had “invited them to also consider closing”.

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