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Wm Armstrong calls for major upgrade to border route

A Cumbrian operator and local councillor is calling for major improvements in the quality of a major road on the English/Scottish border.William Armstrong, owner of Longtown-based family business W Armstrong, is pushing for sweeping improvements to the road joining the A6071 after running from Longtown to Gretna and Springfield.Armstrong says: "This is the main route off the M74 into Gretna and it's used a lot by hauliers.

New Forth road bridge may be too late

A new Forth crossing has been given the green light but it may not be built before the bridge is closed to LGV traffic from 2013.Scotland's transport minister Tavish Scott could give no reassurances that the new crossing would be up before the existing road bridge is closed to trucks because of corrosion. Bridgemaster Alastair Andrew is concerned about the time gap, saying: "We have a critical date of 2013 or 2014 to remove heavy goods vehicles.

Licences at risk over mobile phone use

Traffic commissioners are cracking down on truck drivers using mobile phones on the road, with warnings that drivers appearing before a TC for mobile phone use are likely to face suspension. In the past six months, the TCs have dealt with almost 120 cases of LGV drivers using mobile phones while driving with 60 in the South East & Metropolitan area, 20 in the Eastern area and 12 in Scotland, MT has learnt. A further 36 cases are pending inquiry.

FTA calls for better road facilities

The FTA's national council has hit out at the lack of driver facilities on trunk roads and motorways. The association says the Highways Agency should see the provision of adequate facilities as fundamental as creating the road itself. "No-one would build a house without a kitchen and a toilet, so why are we still seeing roads without proper driver facilities?

United Pallet Network returns 'record profits'

United Pallet Network's directors "remain confident for the future success and growth of the company," says finance director David Gannon. He says that the year to March, 2006 was "successful and is duly reflected in the balance sheet with an improved current ratio in liquidity".

Scania Takes Over GM's Sodertalje Powertrain Plant

News here confirms that Scania will take over the GM - formerly Saab - Powertrain facility in Sodertalje.This move has been reasonably well trailed, but its confirmation serves two purposes. On the one hand, Scania's XPI Technology - born as a result of a JV with Cummins now has a European as well as a NAFTA home.

Council's licence cut after wheel loss incidents

Stirling Council has had its licence cut for six months after a series of maintenance problems, including wheel losses.Scottish traffic commissioner Joan Aitken cut the licence from 115 to 92 vehicles after hearing at an Edinburgh disciplinary inquiry that since February 2002, the council's vehicles had been issued with 23 immediate and eight delayed prohibitions. Aitken heard that an immediate S-marked prohibition was issued to a vehicle on March 2006 after a wheel hit a static caravan in a car park.

Biffa takes its 1,000th Volvo

Biffa has taken delivery of its 1,000th Volvo, a FM400 8x4 with Heil front-end loader bodywork. Given the poor traction surfaces that the company often operates on, it has opted for Volvo's Powertronic fully automatic gearbox instead of I-Shift. This transmission features a built-in retarder and the braking system includes full EBS with Traction Control and Hill Hold. Diff-Lock engagement and disengagement is fully automatic, a feature which protects the driveline and the driver when negotiating poor surfaces by removing the need to stop and put the diff locks in.

London Olympics contractors demand Euro 5 tippers

Construction companies are demanding the cleanest trucks in order to bid for 2012 Olympics contracts.As a result DAF Trucks has experienced a recent boost in demand for Euro 5 eight-leggers, and says it is also receiving requests for even cleaner vehicles. "Traditionally you would expect demand for the cleanest trucks to come from supermarkets, not tipper operators," says DAF Trucks marketing director Tony Pain.