B&Q is adding 60 double-decker lorries to its distribution fleet in a move that will save 4,800 miles and 4.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a day.
The double-deckers, bought from Don Bur and Montracon, will join the retailer’s 800-strong, single-deck fleet and from mid-July will carry goods between its distribution centres and stores.
The company is planning to add a further 120 double-deckers in the second half of this year and, by the end of the year, expects to be saving 14,400 miles and 13.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a day.
Rick Jones, B&Q’s logistics director said: “We’re getting traffic off the road with these double-decker lorries because they can carry as much as 50 per cent more than those in our traditional fleet.”
The company reckons that the move will reduce maintenance and fuel costs, and also expects the double-deckers to reduce the number of deliveries to stores, saving local store staff time and reducing operational costs.