Norfolk Truck and Van open ATF at Enfield
Norfolk Truck & Van, the approved Renault Trucks dealer, has invested more than £200,000 on a new Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) at Enfield.
The new ATF facility enables Norfolk Truck & Van to offer even greater levels of convenience to operators in the North London area, providing a true ‘one-stop-shop’ service, says depot manager Martin Stroud.
“Investing in this ATF lane means we can now prepare and test vehicles and trailers on site and undertake any repairs if required, saving on vehicle downtime and movement costs. Testing is much more convenient for our existing customers and the facility is helping us to attract new customers.
“As an approved Renault Trucks dealer, we provide everything from sales, to all makes parts, servicing inspections and all class MOT testing on site – we really are a one-stop-shop. The new ATF is a real opportunity to introduce operators of other trucks to the reliability, economy and performance of the Renault Trucks range.”
It will open two days per week, however, there are plans to extend testing to five days a week. “We’re delighted with the uptake so far, customer and VOSA feedback has been very positive. We need to maintain the momentum and continue to deliver the high levels of service excellence that will ensure we don’t give customers a reason to go elsewhere. We are looking forward to welcoming many new customers to our dealership in the coming months.”
A69 detrunk bid rebuffed
Efforts to detrunk a short section of a main arterial route linking the north-east and the north-west have failed.
Residents of villages along the A69, which links Newcastle upon Tyne with Cumbria, had campaigned for a stretch of the road through the hamlet of Warwick Bridge to be detrunked because of concerns over the amount of freight using the route.
If approved, it would have meant hauliers having to use the A689 to get to Carlisle city centre, adding up to five miles to the journey.
But the Highways Agency (HA) has written to the Road Haulage Association assuring it that there are no plans to detrunk this section of the A69. The HA has a design, build, finance and operate contract with Roadlink that has 15 years left to run, while Cumbria Council has 27 years left on a contract to maintain the road.
An HA spokeswoman said: "It would be a very costly exercise to withdraw from these contracts to allow detrunking to take place. To get a route detrunked or trunked the local authority would need to make a case to the secretary of state for transport to consider."