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COVER STORY: EXPERTS IN TRANSPORTATION
SPECIALIST HAULIER PLANT SPEED, BASED NEAR AVONMOUTH, OPERATES A DIVERSE FLEET OF MODERN EQUIPMENT TO UNDERTAKE ALL MANNER OF SPECIALIST JOBS. HEAVYTORQUE VISITS THE COMPANY HQ AT HALLEN ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER SEVERN.
Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a changing marketplace has never been more important than at the present for almost any business. The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging for a long time and many companies have had to completely change their way of operating to survive in this slightly scary new world. Many of the established norms no longer apply and it’s very difficult to predict what will happen in the future, hence the need for specialist transport companies to be able to undertake a very wide range of different types of work, as the marketplace requires.
IT’S THE MASSIVE VEHICLES MOVING HUGE LOADS WHICH GRAB THE GLORY, AND THE HEADLINES, BUT THEY WOULDN’T BE GOING ANYWHERE WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ESCORT DRIVERS. HEAVYTORQUE HAS BEEN SPEAKING TO ONE OF THEM ABOUT LIVING LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE.
There used to be an expression: ‘behind every great man, there’s a great woman.’ Maybe the equivalent in our industry is that behind every great load, there’s a great escort driver. Many of the larger operators have their own escort vans and drivers, but many hauliers, large and small, rely on independent escorters. Fastrans Logistik operates the UK’s largest independent fleet of pilot escort vehicles with 12 vans spread across the UK. The company, which is based in Uxbridge, was set up seven years ago by managing director Sean Lewis, although his experience of transporting abnormal loads goes back more than 30 years.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
AINSCOUGH CRANE HIRE’S ‘MAKE THE SAFE CHOICE’ ETHOS EMPOWERS ITS OPERATORS TO BE IN FULL CONTROL OF EVERY LIFT, EVERY TIME. HEAVYTORQUE ARE IMPRESSED WITH ITS ‘BOOTS-TO-BOARDROOM’ APPROACH TO QUALITY, HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT.
Let’s try a bit of word association. We say: ‘Ainscough Crane Hire…now you say?’ If you’re still scratching your head you’re probably reading the wrong magazine. Like ‘Hoover’ and ‘Transit’, Ainscough Crane Hire has become the generic term for crane hire in the UK lifting-industry. And not without good reason either. Despite all the current challenges of COVID-19, Ainscough Crane Hire remains No 1 in the latest ‘Top 30’ league-table for UK mobile crane hirers as compiled by Cranes & Access magazine.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
KENT-BASED LORRY CRANE SPECIALIST RS FRENCH IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS SPECIALIST CONTAINER PROVISION. BUT NOW IT HAS STARTED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND DEVELOP ITS THIRD-PARTY HAULAGE WORK TOO, WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE HEAVY END. HEAVYTORQUE FINDS OUT MORE.
At the time of our chat with Matthew French, operations director of Faversham, Kent-based RS French, England had just been told it was shortly to enter its second national lockdown. But happily, this didn’t seem to worry him much. “Lockdown hasn’t made much difference to us. We supply key sectors so there is plenty of work at the moment,” he says. “In fact we’re extremely busy.”
HIGH SPECIFICATION HIRE
FOUNDED IN 1972, FLANNERY PLANT HIRE HAS GROWN RAPIDLY AND NOW HAS IN EXCESS OF 3,500 UNITS AND USES OVER 50-DELIVERY VEHICLES TO COVER LOCATIONS ACROSS THE UK. HEAVYTORQUE TALKS TO JOHN MORAN AND CHRIS MATTHEW AT THE COMPANY’S RELATIVELY NEW DEPOT AT COLESHILL, IN BIRMINGHAM.
Managing the transport requirements for one of the biggest plant and construction equipment hire fleets in the country is a complex and demanding task in itself, ensuring that it is a safe, compliant and cost effective operation. Multiple depots, a diverse range of vehicles and trailers, adds another layer of complexity to the task. Fortunately, John Moran, company director and head of transport operations at Flannery Plant, has both the management structure and resources at his disposal to achieve this.company was named. The site incorporated a filling station and a transport cafe, and was a well-known stop for lorry drivers heading to and from Central and North Wales.
THE WHEEL TURNS FULL CIRCLE
FOR OVER A CENTURY, ROBERT WYNN AND SONS EARNED A REPUTATION FOR MOVING HEAVY LOADS BY ROAD BEFORE A SERIES OF MERGERS LED TO THE NAME DISAPPEARING IN THE 1980s. HOWEVER, NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO THE ICONIC BURGUNDY AND GOLD LIVERY RETURNED, BUT THIS TIME ON TWO SPECIALIST HEAVY LOAD CARRYING VESSELS, AS HEAVYTORQUE REPORTS.
A photograph on the front page of The Times in April 2004 caused the heavy haulage fraternity to sit up and take notice. The image showed Concorde passing in front of the Houses of
Parliament on a barge. Emblazoned in gold lettering along the 80m length of the vessel were the words ‘ROBERT WYNN & SONS LTD. EST. 1863.’ The name had died out when the heavy haulage operation had been merged with Wrekin Roadways under the United Heavy Transport banner, before being amalgamated into Econofreight in 1985.
EUROPE’S BIGGEST SPECIALIST HIRE FLEET
JOHN HUDSON TRAILERS IS RECOGNISED THROUGHOUT THE SPECIALIST TRANSPORT INDUSTRY AS THE GO-TO ORGANISATION IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO HIRE A SPECIAL TRAILER. IT DEALS WITH OPERATORS UP AND DOWN THE LAND AND CAN ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE A SUITABLE TRAILER FOR ALMOST ANY TASK. HEAVYTORQUE REPORTS.
Bawtry-based John Hudson Trailers, dominates this sector of the trailer market, but it offers a great deal more than just specialist trailer hire. It’s more than happy to hire a trailer for just a day, or almost an indefinite period of time. It will let you buy that trailer at almost any point in the hire, or if that particular version doesn’t meet your needs, you can pick anything from a basic flat trailer, to specialist fixed or extending model with up to seven axles. You can also take a look at the brand new stock that arrives at its premises almost every week.