Every M25, M2, M20 and A2 service station in Kent that has fuel

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It has been over a week since drivers started forming long lines outside Kent gas stations.

Last Friday (September 24), BP announced that it had to close a “handful” of its gas stations after running out of fuel, while Esso owner ExxonMobil said a “small number” of its Tesco Alliance stations were also affected.

There is currently a shortage of qualified drivers to operate tankers, which is said to be the main problem.

READ MORE: Where you can get fuel as services keep running dry – live updates

There is also a shortage of qualified heavy truck drivers caused by many factors, including Brexit and the COVID pandemic, as well as systematic issues in the industry related to driver compensation.

When driving on the highway, drivers are often reminded of the importance of refueling for long journeys.

On Tuesday, September 28, the INRIX traffic site reported that there were gasoline shortages in the forecourt of the M25 and M20.

However, these warnings no longer appear on the Kent highways.

Instead, the fuel crisis appears to be affecting more residential areas in the county.

Images emerged today (October 1) showing Sainsbury’s and Gulf in Broadstairs as well as Tesco in Ramsgate, all with ‘no fuel’ signs posted outside the gas station.

Cones were also placed to prevent drivers from entering the courtyards.

There were also heavy traffic jams in the main street of Strood throughout the day due to the lines for gasoline.

Here is a full list of gas stations on some of Kent’s main roads.



No fuel in Gulf, Broadstairs

Service stations in Kent

Esso MFG Motorway Services – Maidstone

ChannelPorts Truck Station – Hythe

Applegreen Service Station – Ashford

Esso MFG Gate – Canterbury

Chimes Gas Station – Orpington

MFG Meads Gas Station – Purfleet Bypass

MFG gas station – Erith

Shell – Maidstone

Esso MFG Thurrock Services – Gray

BP – Westerham

AS 24 – Hythe

BP – Purity

Sr Services – Gray

Roadchef – Maidstone, M20

AS 24 – Dover

Esso Rontec gas station – Folkestone

Shell – Hythe

AS 24 – Gray

Pace Gas Station – Birchington



Tesco Manston Road, Ramsgate

Shell – Gravesend

Texaco – Kingsdown

Sainsbury’s – Ashford

JET – Rochester

Moto Medway – Gillingham

Esso MFG – Gravesend

JET – Hythe

Shell – Sevenoaks

BP – West shopping center

Shell – Tonbridge

Casino filling station – Canterbury

Shell – Romney Marsh

Texaco – Rochester

Shell – Dartford

JET – Rochester

Husk – Dover

Shell – Maidstone

Motor Fuel Ltd – Ashford

SPAR – Gravesend

AS 24 – Dagenham

Shell – Maidstone

Apple green – Wadhurst

Esso MFG – Gravesend

Shell – Gravesend

JET – Whitstable

Shell – Snodland

Esso – Rochester

Esso – Maidstone

BP – Maidstone

Shell – Aylesford

Esso MFG – Walmer



Queue for petrol at Sainsbury’s in Tonbridge earlier this week

Moto Dover – Dover

Shell – Maidstone

BP – Dartford

Esso – Faversham

Shell – Sevenoaks

Shell – Birchington

Gasoline co-op – Tonbridge

Esso – Sandwich

Texaco – Ashford

Esso – Maidstone

Texaco – Rochester

Shell – Rochester

Shell – Folkestone



Queues of cars wait for fuel at a Tesco gas station in Folkestone
Lines of cars wait for fuel at a Tesco gas station in Folkestone earlier this week

Asda – Chatham

Gulf – Ashford

Cooperative – Ramsgate

Morrisons – Rochester

Esso – Tonbridge

Apple green – Basildon

Shell – Rochester

Tesco – Folkestone

Apple green – Crawley

Gulf – Ramsgate

Queensborough Gas Station – Sheerness

BP – Chatham

Esso – Dartford

Shell – Cobham

Cobham Services – Cobham

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