DAF Service Partner GB Fleetcare opens a new 1.6-acre site at DIRFT

Will Shiers
March 2, 2023

DAF has opened a new purpose-built truck servicing facility at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).

The new 1.6-acre site, which is located on the A5 Watling Street, within the Golden Triangle of the Rail Freight Terminal, junction 18 of the M1 motorway and M6/A14 interchange, represents a £3.2m investment from GB Fleetcare. This is the contract maintenance company’s third GB DAF location, including service centres in Banbury and Gatwick.

GB Fleetcare is an official DAF Service Partner, and this takes the number of DAF dealer locations in the UK to 137.

On the site are a 15,000sq ft workshop with five 28m fully-equipped bays. It has been future-proofed, allowing it to accommodate full electric and hydrogen-powered trucks. Equipment includes gas alarms and a roof venting system, pit ventilation, 400-amp electricity supply and multiple ducts around the site to enable installation of vehicle chargers as required. DAF and TRP parts stock are held on site, and in time it will become both an Approved Tachograph Centre and a DVSA Authorised Testing Facility.

GB Fleetcare MD, Paul Grimes, said: “It’s been a long journey, but we’re thrilled to be here in what is the premier location in the UK for large scale logistics companies. We identified the site in 2016 when Prologis, the owners of DIRFT, revealed plans for growth. We’ve worked extremely hard to build what we believe is the most modern, well-equipped truck servicing facility at the terminal and in precisely the right location. And, we’re just as delighted to be strengthening our relationship with market-leading DAF Trucks.

“Together we will bring unrivalled levels of service for DAF and mixed fleet operators.”

Newly-appointed service manager Ben Taylor initially heads-up a team of six fully-trained DAF technicians, but there are plans to increase this number to 21 by the end of the year.



About the Author

Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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