Gray & Adams twin-deck semi-trailer for Creed Foodservice
Staverton-based independent wholesaler Creed Foodservice has taken delivery of its first twin-deck semi-trailer from Gray & Adams.
The new lifting-deck trailer, which features a Carrier Vector 1950 multi-temperature refrigeration system, includes a sloping roof and aerodynamically profiled panel cappings.
It is based at the firm’s main distribution hub in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and travels to a centre in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, transporting chilled and ambient products in cages - it can accommodate 36 on each deck, as well as another 15 in the neck.
Creed supplies more than 6,000 lines across multi-temperature categories to chefs and caterers across the UK. Operations Controller Richard Frost said: “We were previously sending two articulated tractors units, each pulling a single-deck trailer, down to High Wycombe five nights a week.
“However, the increased carrying capacity of the lifting-deck trailer means we can now do the same job with a single truck. It’s a round trip of 285 miles, which means we’ll be covering 74,100 fewer road miles each year. The manufacturer provided us initially with a lifting-deck trailer for trial, so we could make sure it was going to suit our operation.
“It has also delivered a programme of training for our operational personnel which was exceptionally well received.”
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Volvo car transporters for The Car People
Crossroads Truck and Bus has supplied Wakefield-based used car specialists, The Car People, with two new Volvo rigids featuring custom-built car transporter bodies by Belle Transporters.
The larger of the pair, a 6x2 Volvo FM11-330 with an 11-litre engine and I-Shift automated gearbox, has a seven-car body and will be used primarily for inter-branch transfers.
A 4x2 Volvo FL814 with an 8-litre 250hp engine and a three-car body, will also collect customer’s cars for warranty work. The truck has been chosen to cope with loads its smaller predecessor struggled with.
They are part of a fleet renewal programme, with the next truck scheduled for delivery later this year. Buying Manager, Richard Westerman, said: “Cars are getting heavier now, that's why I opted for 14-tonnes; you can put up to three cars on it and never be anywhere near challenging the maximum weight, whilst at the same time it's still compact enough to collect from customers' houses.
“The Volvo FL has a 100% galvanised body, the first of its kind in the country, which means there's no paint at all, no more rust or coming off the road for a week for an annual paintwork touch-up. The uprights are liveried by means of a thin veneer, which should outlast the vehicle.”
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