TIP open new ATF in Grays, Essex

TIP Trailer Services has spent more than £120,000 on a new Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) at its depot in Grays, Essex.

It is the seventh site in the TIP network to have an ATF, joining Dublin, Felixstowe, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Nuneaton. The Grays site offers testing facilities for all trucks from 7.5 tonnes upwards and ADR.

Jonny Clark, TIP UK FleetCare Manager said: “When we launched our first ATF facility just under two years ago, it was our intention to roll out a programme of new ATF facilities for both new and existing customers, as part of growing our fleet services portfolio.

“ATF users can take advantage of the benefits that TIP’s experienced on site workshops give them, by helping to reduce their fuel costs when repairs, servicing and maintenance are required before testing,” he explained.

The additional ATF facility here at Grays will help to take the strain from local VOSA centres and ensure hauliers have fully approved TIP ATF test facilities available to them locally, he added.

Volvo Truck and Bus East Anglia begin new £6m dealer development

Volvo Group UK MD Ulf Magnusson dug the first hole on the new £6m dealership   for Volvo Truck & Bus East Anglia in Wellingborough.

The new facility, a six acre site just off the A45 close to the A14 and M1, will open in the summer and will include a workshop facility will include five drive-through service lanes, VOSA ATF accreditation, a Roadcrew shop, dedicated used truck stock and display area as well as extensive customer parking.

David Sullivan, MD of Volvo Truck & Bus Centre East Anglia, said: “The major investment we have made to secure this state of the art facility represents our long-term aspiration to provide local operators with the very best aftermarket service in the region.

“We are especially committed to our on-going employee training programme as we are aware that our people and their relationship with our valued customers are at the heart of our business. Providing what will be a superb working environment for them will set the scene for a high quality experience for our customers, whether they are looking to buy new and used trucks or having their vehicles maintained.”

The dealership will relocate with more than 40 employees from its current site in Kettering.

Chris Williamson of Earls Barton-based MAM Transport said all the company’s Volvos are on contract maintenance with Volvo Truck & Bus East Anglia. ”The whole thing works very well and their moving nearer will halve the distance we have to travel when taking trucks to the workshop...in terms of time saved and also a cost benefit in terms of fuel saved.”

Paul Freeman, MD of Freemans Autologistics of Rushden, said it has a number of Volvos on the Gold R&M contracts and, as a car transporter operation, it can’t spare trucks during the week. ”So Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia work very closely with us to provide a level of flexibility that suits our inspection regime and service requirements.

”The plans for the new workshops look very well laid out. The drive through bays will comfortably accommodate full height and length car transporters too. I think the new workshop is a vast improvement and should help deliver an even higher level of service.”