Fraikin delivers trailer fleet to Amtrak

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Fraikin has delivered the first of 18 double-deck and 20 single deck trailers to Amtrak, the UK express parcels service, as part of a major fleet replacement programme.
Each double-deck trailer is worth around £40,000, and measures 4.7m in height, featuring a Dhollandia two-tier tail-lift serving the upper deck – with the capacity to transport up to 33 roll cages on the upper deck and 23 roll cages on the lower deck.
The 13.6m Lawrence David trailers will operate on routes between Amtrak’s hub at Aldridge in the West Midlands and its 64 nationwide depots.
Amtrak will introduce the double-deck trailers on additional routes to increase trailer capacity and efficiency at it depots. It plans to keep the units on fleet for the next seven years.
“Fraikin has worked closely with designers and engineers at Lawrence David Trailers and Amtrak’s own team to ensure we get the best possible performance and lowest operating cost over the lifetime of each trailer,” says Alan Jones, Amtrak managing director.
“We have made a conscious decision to increase the number of double-deck trailers on our fleet as part of a replacement programme that will significantly reduce the cost of operating on our busiest routes, while further increasing trailer capacity. In addition, with companies continuously looking to reduce their impact on the environment by making fuel efficiency savings, this will also help us achieve our goal of cutting road mileage,” he adds.
Under the contract hire agreement Fraikin will provide 24/7 breakdown support, tyres and servicing and maintenance to the trailers.

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