Boroughbridge Motors opens its own ATF

Boroughbridge Motors - part of temperature controlled storage and distribution business Reed Boardall - has opened an ATF. 

The company worked with local Volvo dealer Crossroads Truck and Bus to create the facility at its Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire site which will provide MoT testing for the 180-strong Reed Boardall fleet.

Reed Boardall said the move made sense following the closure of the Wetherby testing facility.

Howard Gill, MD, Reed Boardall Transport said: “As we work with the leading names in the food industry, we’re constantly looking for ways of improving our service to customers, whether it’s by investing in the latest vehicles or by streamlining our systems and processes. 

“Working with Crossroads, we’re finding that this new system is providing a number of benefits in terms of convenience, speed and efficiency.”

. Howard Gill, centre, with Reed Boardall transport compliance manager Denzil Cooke, left, and Boroughbridge Motors fleet manager Frank Appleton

Cross-Channel disruption costing hauliers £750,000 a day

The quadruple whammy of illegal migrants trying to get to Britain; striking French ferry workers; protesting French farmers and Operation Stack in Kent is costing the UK logistics industry some £750,000 a day.

After weeks of disruption that have seen Operation Stack implemented six times in five weeks – current advice from Kent Police is that the M20 will remain closed southbound between junction 8 and 11 until Sunday 26 July at the earliest – the FTA has warned of a “serious national strategic problem”.

Eurotunnel told the BBC today that incursions by hundreds of migrants attempting to get the Britain through the tunnel had become a nightly activity.

This was compounded yesterday (23 July) by farmers protesting at the price of milk and meat, who set fire to tyres and closed main routes between Calais and the south of France.

FTA deputy chief executive James Hookham said: “Given the value of goods lost and the subsequent cost to business, these figures show that Operation Stack is not just an issue for Kent and the south east of England but a serious national strategic problem. This is the country’s GDP and export standing still in these horrendous queues caused by the situation in Calais.”

He said that it was simply not acceptable that industrial action in France could have such an impact on the British economy.

“Calais has to be made a strike free-zone so that cross-Channel traffic can start moving again and Operation Stack can be lifted as soon as possible,” he added.

Talks are being held today between the FTA, Eurotunnel, Kent Police and other organisations on how to deal with the disruption.

The FTA also said that some of its members in Kent, particularly those near the stretch of motorway where Operation Stack takes place, have warned that the effects could be catastrophic if problems continue,

Nathan Monshin, director of international risk at risk management specialist Spherical International, told that the “sheer volume” of illegal migrants “trying every HGV is utterly unbelievable”.

“Having had the opportunity to see [illegal migrant activity in Calais] first hand, to conduct an assessment of the situation as it is and understand how future measures will affect the haulier’s vulnerability, it is clear that they are left exposed with little or nothing being done for them directly,” he added.