New Mercedes Actros for Ginsters maker


In a high profile conquest deal, in which driver and other road user safety was a high priority, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has acquired 18 new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units.

Based in Leicester, it is the temperature controlled distribution arm of the manufacturer of a wide portfolio of food products, including the renowned Ginsters range of Cornish pasties and Dickinson & Morris pork pies.

The tractors are all Actros 2545 Streamspace models, specified with PPC Predictive Powertrain Control and the Safety Pack, which includes Active Brake Assist 4, with pedestrian recognition, Proximity Control assist and driver’s airbags.

The acquisition, under a 250,000km/year guaranteed buyback deal from Mertrux Truck and Van, follows back-to-back trials of the 450hp 2545 against a 480hp version.

While both impressed the operator with fuel returns in excess of 10mpg pulling single deck trailers, the 450 proved marginally better. The new vehicles will become part of Samworth Brothers fleet of 120 trucks and 230 assorted semi-trailers.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will provide driver training at Wentworth Park and the operator’s Leicester base, where Mertrux will also be providing an imprest parts stock and technical support.

10 O-licence applications and decisions that caught our eye this week - 8 January 2019

AST Express

Here are some of the latest variation applications granted in the North West of England traffic area:

White Logistics & Storage has been given the green light for 89 vehicles and 70 trailers at a unit in Abbey View, Pinvin, Pershore.

Royal Mail Group has been granted authorisation for 33 vehicles and trailers at a unit in Gillibrands Road, Skelmersdale.

Jimmy Tippers can base three vehicles and two trailers at the Red Lees Works, Todmorden Road, Littleborough.

Stuart Hennessey (Bulk Haulage) can locate five vehicles and six trailers on the Horwich Business Park, Chorley New Road, Bolton.

Car Transplants has been given the go-ahead for 35 vehicles and six trailers at Winsford Industrial Estate, Winsford.

AST Express can base 10 vehicles and four trailers at Sandfold Lane, Levenshulme, Manchester.

Agrovista UK can park three vehicles at a unit on the Warrington South Distribution Park, Lyncastle Road, Warrington.

XPO Transport Solutions UK can station 12 vehicles and 27 trailers at the Plastic Omnium Automotive site in Skyline Drive, Great Sankey, Warrington.

T&K Gallagher has been given authorisation for 15 vehicles at a unit on the Red Scar Business Park, Ribbleton, Preston.

Brit European Transport can base two vehicles and two trailers at the Imperial Commercials site in Ashbourne Road, Derby.