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New Thames crossing demanded by Kent council leader

Kent needs a new Thames river crossing to divert the increasing number of trucks coming into Dover away from the M25 to directly cross to the M11, says a council leader. Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, told the FTA conference that a rail link is also needed to take goods up the east coast and to Nottingham and Middlesbrough without going through London. Carter added that Operation Stack is an enormous problem and brings much of Kent to a halt and hits the economy. So far this year it has come into effect three times, and it was used 15 times last year.

DAF is building XF tractors in the UK

Daf is building right-hand-drive XF tractors at its Leyland plant in order to free up production in Eindhoven. "This means 90% of all Daf trucks sold in the UK are now built in the UK," says marketing director Tony Pain.

Fortec plans European expansion with Geodis

Pallet network Fortec will place increasing emphasis on its international service this year as it aims to expand following a move into its new hub. The move, a £5m investment exclusively revealed in Motor Transport last week, will pave the way for the network to increase the number of members in the system and to widen the range of services it offers. Its international service is handled by parent company Geodis. Fortec goods are trunked to Geodis's High Wycombe site for onward transport into its European network, serving 23 countries.

Kuehne + Nagel boosts Pall-Ex volume

Volumes at network Pall-Ex have been boosted by around 3,000 extra pallets per week thanks to its partnership with Kuehne + Nagel. Pall-Ex members are handling the majority of UK collections and deliveries for K+N as part of its recently launched European Groupage network. However the service could offer Pall-Ex a ready-made pan-European network for its customers, almost identical to that operated by rival Fortec. Peter Ulber says Pall-Ex has not yet approached him about running a European service, but adds: "I believe that it makes sense.

Stralis. The Truck that wasn't Needed.

One of the stranger comments to come from Iveco executives during today's launch of the new Stralis was the assertion that "We didn't need to do this."

Someone Buys and Someone Sells a Bit of Scania

So who has taken this stake in Scania?We don't know, but if someone's just brought 1.1 per cent of the company, then, by extension, someone has just sold 1.1 per cent of the company. Interesting times.

Boughey buys MANs following fuel trials

Boughey Distribution has switched truck allegiance, having placed an order for 60 MAN TG-A 26.444 6x2 Euro 4 tractors with two-pedal transmissions and XXL cabs. The decision to switch from long-term truck supplier Volvo was based on the outcome of an extensive evaluation programme and comprehensive fuel trial. Earlier this year the company put an SCR-equipped Euro 4 Volvo FH and an EGR-equipped Euro 4 MAN TGA up against each other in a day-long road test.

Union warns over VOSA private outsourcing

The Prospect trade union is warning that the privatisation option VOSA is putting forward for ministerial consideration could endanger public safety.Last week VOSA announced to staff that its preferred option would be to outsource frontline functions such as lorry and bus testing; training services; operator licensing administration; prosecution and legal services; traffic, vehicle and MOT enforcement administration; and routine enforcement.

Warning over poor refrigerated food transport

Refrigerated transport association Transfrigoroute UK says that consumers may be killed by food transported at incorrect temperatures unless the industry adopts a widely-recognised international standard for its vehicles. The ATP certification - Accord des Transports internationaux de denrées Périsables - is a UN standard for the transport of perishable foodstuffs and measures the thermal efficiency of the truck or trailer body and the performance of the fridge unit.

Gerry Jones builds on past quarter century

South Wales haulier Gerry Jones Transport is celebrating 25 years in business with plans to build a new 3,000m2 warehouse at its Crosskeys, Gwent site. The 50-truck firm moved to nearby Cwmcarn four years ago but still uses the old site for trailer parking and storage. It has submitted plans to the local authority to demolish the existing buildings and build a new warehouse, which will include an 18m x 44m loading canopy.