Ford & Slater starts work on new £1.7m Coventry site

Laurie Dealer will hopefully soon don the hard hat, hi-vis and steelies to go and look at the construction of new Ford & Slater DAF site in Coventry.

Word has reached the office of the used truck guru that the redevelopment project, expected to take 34 weeks to finish, is costing £1.7m. 

The plan is to redevelop the 3.25-acre site into a dealership that embodies the 'one stop shop' concept and 'provide efficient services and facilities for the benefit of both our customers and staff, with the convenience of a location that suits the 24/7 nature of our customers businesses and our operation', says the company.

Onsite will be a 700sqm workshop, full-length pits to accommodate articulated vehicles, tachograph calibration and brake testing.

More importantly, given the current climate for new and updated all-encompassing sites, the redevelopment will allow it to be an ATF for MoT testing by VOSA

Job's a good un.

Additional note: Hints dropped that Mrs Dealer would also like to see some 'redevelopment ' to the site that houses the Dealer family has so far been successfully negotiated

Bernard Matthews takes first Volvo trucks

Turkey farmer Bernard Matthews has introduced its first SCR trucks to its fleet, after agreeing a hire purchase deal for three new Volvos.

The Norfolk-based Bernard Matthews Farms used to be a predominantly DAF fleet, but is now running its first Volvos after slowly introducing other models as replacements.

Jeff Helmore, transport manager, says: "We had a few mechanical problems with the DAFs, and when they switched to AdBlue we decided to go for EGR trucks and chose Scanias. Their prices have gone up, so we went to Volvo for our first experience of AdBlue."

Helmore continues: "They [the Volvos] are just starting to settle down and we're roughly seeing 7.5mpg, which for the work we do on backroads and farms is OK. We have noticed that when they do less bird work and more refrigerated they creep up to about 9mpg."

The new FM 420 6x2 tractors, which have been specified with I-Shift automatic gearboxes, join a fleet consisting of 40 tractors and 80 trailers.