Scania's new Maidstone premises inaugurated

Scania has inaugurated its new £6m commercial vehicle service centre in Maidstone.

Her Excellency Nicola Clase, Sweden's ambassador to the UK, officially opened the facility at a ceremony attended by 100 operators, Scania executives and representatives from site developer, Gallagher Group.

The 2.5-acre site, situated on the A229 just off junction 6 of the M20, is one of the first of a new generation of purpose-built UK premises constructed in accordance with a global template created by Scania.

It has five drive-through workshop bays and an ATF lane.

Also offered is a full Scania parts service, including parts for all makes, trailers and ancillary components.

The Kent site also houses new, used and rental truck operations.

Scania Maidstone is initially employing 34 technicians, parts and admin staff, a figure expected to rise significantly.

Claes Jacobsson, MD of Scania (Great Britain) said: “Together with our purpose-built Inverness premises, which opened earlier this year, Scania Maidstone represents the latest major investment in our UK network infrastructure.” 

Calais secure truck park opening delayed

Plans for a new secure truck park at the Port of Calais are facing serious delays with the deadline pushed back from November 2015 to sometime in the spring of next year.

News of the delay comes as RHA called this week for the French military to deployed at Calais, warning that improved security at Eurotunnel had pushed the migrant problem back to the Port of Calais.

Plans for the secure truck park were announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in July this year in response to concerns at the rising numbers of illegal immigrants trying to board trucks queuing at Calais.

The secure truck park, which will house 230 vehicles at the former Hoverspeed terminal,  was due to open at the end of November.

However, a Home Office spokeswoman confirmed today that the site will not open until spring 2016. She was unable to say why the site is delayed.

Both RHA and FTA expressed concern at the delay this week.

RHA international affairs head Peter Cullum told Commercialmotor.com: “We were told by the Home Office the park would be open by November. That was recently adjusted to the end of this month.

"Sometime in spring is a lot later than we expected and given the scale of the problem at Calais and the danger it poses to our members, it is a concern.”