There are major disruptions to several Stagecoach bus services across Kent due to motorists lining up for petrol stations.

Several bus routes have been rerouted or delayed as traffic continues to build up on Kent roads.

Gas stations up and down the county have seen a massive increase in the number of drivers lining up for gasoline over the past week, as the country faces a shortage of skilled heavy truck drivers in due to factors such as Brexit, the COVID pandemic and systematic issues in the industry related to drivers. ‘ To pay.

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Stagecoach used Twitter to post regular updates on bus services.

This morning, they advised customers using Dover and Whitfield services to board the bus at Honeywood Road due to the queue to enter Tesco.

Several Stagecoach bus services face disruption due to fuel crisis

The traffic situation in Ashford is reportedly similar, with Stagecoach warning parents that queues are starting to form on Hythe Road, meaning that the C bus line and school services that use that route may be diverted from the area if the road stops again like yesterday. .

They indicated that the students would be dropped off as close to the school as possible.

Service A in Ashford also experienced disruption due to heavy congestion on Beaver Road due to the queue for the BP garage.

Stagecoach said Services A would pass through the Asda roundabout and could not serve Christchurch until the road was cleared.

Likewise in Folkestone, the 102 service will not serve Tram Road to Dover and will instead use Dover Road due to people queuing for fuel.

Earlier this morning, Stagecoach released another update indicating that Route 11 service at 6:55 am between Westwood and Canterbury was 20 minutes late due to cars lining up for gas stations.

The bus company apologized for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

They then tweeted that due to panic from people buying fuel, Stagecoach could not serve Dover Road and St Barts Road, so services 80 and 43 would be diverted via Ash Road and service 81 would use Woodnesborough Road and Moat Sole for the Guildhall.

The most recent update warned that queues at Arters Garage, Barham mean the 16s service to Canterbury will not be able to serve Denton, Sellindge, Densole or Barham.

However, the 16 entrants to Folkestone are not affected.

Congestion caused by queues for gas stations is not the only problem affecting Stagecoach services at the moment.

The company is also facing a shortage of drivers, which means that several services have been canceled as a result.

In Thanet, the loop service is missing some buses in the cycle due to the lack of a driver and at least four services on line 34 have been canceled for the same reason.

Meanwhile, in Ashford, three buses from services A, B and C will be absent all day due to a lack of drivers.

Service 61 in Dover was also hit hard, with seven services canceled between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Folkestone services have also been affected by the shortage of drivers, with buses 71, 73 and 16 disrupted.

And the 10:15 am service from Dover to Sandwich has also been canceled.

Stagecoach South East regularly updates its @StagecoachSE Twitter page throughout the day to notify customers of service disruptions.

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