Fuel chaos

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LEIGH folk were feeling the effects of the threat of a strike by fuel tanker drivers over the weekend.

Many fuel stations remained closed across the borough and ones that remained open had increased their prices to record levels.

The rush to the pumps started last week after the Unite union announced tanker drivers voted to strike over working conditions covering pay, hours, holiday and redundancy over the Easter weekend.

The union announced on Friday morning that there would be no strike over Easter.

Demand for petrol rose 172 per cent on Thursday, and diesel by 77 per cent, according to independent retailers’ group RMI Petrol.

Haydock Rugby Club reportedly had to postpone a fixture in Cumbria at the weekend as their players were unable to get fuel for their cars.