NOT EVERY ABNORMAL LOAD OPERATOR RUNS TOWERS OF SHINING NEW STEEL, CHROME AND GLASS. SOME DO PERFECTLY GOOD WORK WITH USED VEHICLES, AND VITALLY, ROOTS IN THE HAULAGE INDUSTRY. IAN NORWELL VISITED KYLES TRANSPORT SERVICES LTD (KTS) BASED NEAR NEWPORT, SOUTH WALES, A BUSINESS RUN BY A YOUNG MAN WITH AN APPRECIATION OF WHAT KEEPS CUSTOMERS HAPPY.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
Setting up a business in the haulage industry at the age of seventeen has to mean that you’re keen. Kyle Hourihane’s father, Paul, and his Grandfather Albert, were already established hauliers in Newport, South Wales. It’s a third-generation business, but Hourihane has taken his part of the company away from regular haulage, and into the sphere of abnormal load (AL) work. Operating from the same base as his father, their two businesses complement each other, with the depth of over 30 year’s experience in his father’s hands, and the extra bowstring of AL work in his. “We don’t agree about everything,” says Hourihane, “But I like to think that I’ve been running my side of the business for long enough, for us to learn from each other.” But he’s the first to admit that he certainly wouldn’t be where his is without the benefit of his father’s experience.