Volvo Truck And Bus Centre South & East expand from MK to Bedford

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East is relocating and expanding its Milton Keynes operations to a new site in Bedford.

The new 28-acre site on the Wilstead Industrial Park is approximately 11 miles from the current dealership and will increase the workshop capacity.

Stuart Potter, operations director, Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, said: “For the last 25 years Dawsongroup has been both our landlord and customer in Milton Keynes, with our team sharing their site. They’ve been fantastic to us, but as our local operations continue to expand, it was the right time to move into our own depot. Geographically it’s a perfect fit for our network; and we’ve been able to tailor the configuration of the workshop to cater for both current and future needs, supporting diesel, LNG and electric fleets.”

The new site is located just off the A6 trunk road, one mile south of the A421 Bedford Southern Bypass and 10 miles from junction 13 of the M1.

The workshop has been fitted out to maintain the whole range of Volvo trucks and buses, along with bodywork and trailer servicing. The workshops will also have brake testing, headlight beam setting and tachograph and speed limiter calibration equipment. It will also stock more than £425,000 worth of Volvo parts. Three Volvo Action Service vans will also be based at the site, which are on standby 24/7 for emergency roadside assistance.

Road Transport Expo 2022: Volvo Trucks out in force at brand-new industry show

Visitors to the inaugural Road Transport Expo will have the opportunity to drive a wide selection of Volvo Trucks’ heavy-duty range, as well as the zero-emission Volvo FL Electric.

The new show – held at NAEC Stoneleigh from 30 June to 2 July – is dedicated to the HGV sector, with specialist product talks, business conference seminars, live demonstrations and Ride & Drive opportunities packed into what promises to be a very busy three days.

As well as having a fleet of vehicles in the Ride & Drive zone, Volvo Trucks will be present within two dedicated display areas at the event.

In the outside display area (Stand OUT47), static exhibits will include Dynes Recovery’s brand-new Volvo FH 540 8x4 recovery truck, a Volvo FL 250 4x2 skip truck belonging to EMS Waste Services, Maritime Transport’s ultra-fuel-efficient Volvo FH 460 with I-Save, as well as Volvo’s flagship FH16 750 demonstrator.

There will also be Volvo Trucks’ hospitality and merchandise trailers, fully stocked with official Volvo merchandise for visitors to purchase.

Inside the Urban Zone in Hall 1 (Stand L5), attendees will be able to get a close look at Fox Group’s new Volvo FE Electric 6x2 rigid – the UK’s first operational battery-powered tipper.

The Volvo FE Electric is plated at 27-tonnes – one tonne more than a standard three-axle rigid – which helps to offset the additional weight of the batteries.

Mounted with Thompsons tipper bodywork, it features a day cab, full air suspension and a hydraulically-steered rear axle for exceptional manoeuvrability and is decked out in a striking new Fox Group livery, highlighting its green credentials.

The powertrain consists of two electric motors and a two-speed gearbox, with power being generated by an electric motor with an output of 400 kW.

If that wasn’t enough, Volvo will also have four trucks available for the Ride & Drive element of the show.

Registered participants will be able to get behind the wheel of the compact and agile Volvo FL Electric 4x2 – ideal for urban distribution.

The powertrain of the battery-powered FL consists of an electric motor and a two-speed gearbox, with power generated by an electric motor with an output of 200 kW and 425 Nm of torque.

Also available at the Ride & Drive zone will be a fuel-efficienct Volvo FH with I-Save 460 6x2 tractor unit; a construction sector favourite - the Volvo FMX 8x4 tipper; as well as a Volvo FM 380 6x2 rigid.