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Dingwall Tesco to reopen 24 hours fuel service

By Scott Maclennan

MSP Kate Forbes outside Tesco filling station.
MSP Kate Forbes outside Tesco filling station.

Tesco has announced that its Dingwall filling station will once again provide 24 hour fuel to motorists following the intervention of local MSP Kate Forbes.

The supermarket giant is restoring 24-hour access to fuel at its Mart Road superstore – a day after a senior Tesco official met with Ms Forbes at the Scottish Parliament.

The overnight pay at the pump facility – which had been unavailable for over two months – will be functioning as of this evening.

The issue was raised first by emergency personnel who feared leaving the Dingwall area short of ambulances by refuelling in Inverness or elsewhere.

Regulations state that the nearest wagon has to respond, and sometimes that could be one that is getting fuel on the way back to its Dingwall base.

Emergency services vehicles, ordinarily stationed, in the market town cover the north of Scotland – all the more welcome given the pressure due to the coronavirus.

Miss Forbes said: “I had a positive meeting at the Scottish Parliament with a senior Tesco official, and I am very pleased that the matter has now been resolved.

“A lot of people come to Dingwall to do their shopping, both at Tesco as well as the shops on the High Street, so it’s great that 24-hour fuel access has been restored.

“I know this will be a great help to many of my constituents who need to refuel late at night and first thing in the morning.”

Stephen McEwan, Tesco’s Dingwall store manager, added: “I’d like to thank our customers and colleagues for their patience while our petrol station has not been 24 hours.

“The team have worked quickly to find a solution that restores overnight service.”

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