Davies Turner has announced plans to expand its existing fleet of 15.65 m trailers, in a move which it says could take 170 inter-branch feeder trips off UK roads each year.
The company says the longer trailers offer an increase in capacity of 15 per cent, compared to a similar specification 13.6 m trailer.
“The two 15.65 m long trailers in which we invested some time ago have already saved a good many trips and resulted in fewer vehicles on the motorway thanks to their much greater capacity,” said joint managing director at Davies Turner, Philip Stephenson.
“We expect to be allocated at least four more and would really like a further six more to service our overnight feeder network connecting Cumbernauld in Scotland’s Central Belt, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Dartford.”
The investment comes after the Department for Transport’s decision to extend a trial of longer semi-trailers in 2012, after 1,250 of the 1,800 vehicle allocations went unused.