Congestion

Major cities must help freight industry adopt retimed deliveries as congestion levels soar

August 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

Major cities must take the lead in helping freight operators adopt retimed deliveries as congestion levels continue to surge. Following data announced yesterday by INRIX that showed London topped a 25-strong European poll of the most gridlocked cities, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was essential for regional cities to ensure freight was able to flow freely. Malcom Bingham, head of policy, strategic road network, said congestion was a significant and costly issue for the freight sector, particularly in […]

The Hub

Goodbye Owens Road Services. Hello, Owens Group

August 25, 2015 Emma Shone

This week our sister title Commercial Motor (out on Thursday 27 August) has reported on leading South Wales haulier Owens Road Service’s rebranding, featuring new liveries, a new logo and most importantly, a new name. The Hub spoke to the team at Owens to learn a bit more about their plans for the company under its new name of the Owens Group, which will come into play on 3 September.

Contract Wins

XPO Logistics boosts Radius’s delivery capacity

August 24, 2015 Peter Steele

XPO Logistics (formerly Norbert Dentressangle) has extended the reach of Radius Systems’ supply chain to include daily distribution service to Ireland and Northern Ireland, after it signed a five year contract with the piping manufacturer earlier this year.

Urban Distribution

Isuzu Truck to demonstrate latest refuse-collection-bodied trucks suited to urban operations at RWM

August 24, 2015 Hayley Pink

Isuzu Truck will be demonstrating its latest models built for the refuse collection and waste management sector at next month’s RWM exhibition in Birmingham. The manufacturer’s new Euro-6 Forward F120.240 12-tonne rigid chassis will be on the stand – the first one fitted with a refuse collection body – alongside an Isuzu Urban N75.150 rigid featuring an RCV body and bar lift. Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck, said: “The 2015 range of Isuzu trucks are proving to be […]

Air quality

Heineken Netherlands finding success with large electric HGVs for city centre distrubution in Rotterdam and Amsterdam

August 24, 2015 Hayley Pink

Heineken Netherlands is stepping up its plans for a fully electric secondary distribution fleet of HGVs by 2020 across major cities in the Randstad region (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht). The brewery rolled out its first electric truck in October 2013 – a 19-tonne converted Volvo. This was followed last year by the introduction of a 12-tonne electric lorry in Amsterdam (pictured), built from scratch by truck-builder Ginaf on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. Following encouraging early results from the two […]

News

Indesit staff strike today

August 21, 2015 Robin Meczes

Today’s scheduled strike by drivers and warehouse staff working for Indesit UK is going ahead after last-minute talks on Wednesday between the white goods manufacturer and union Unite came to a close without resolution, the union told Motortransport.co.uk today.