Fraikin has re-opened its Bristol workshop in a move designed to increase the amount of maintenance performed inhouse and drive down its reliance on third-party contractors.

It said the decision to re-establish the depot three years after it closed down would help improve the efficiency of customer maintenance in the region, as well as speeding up repairs and reducing VOR times.

The move has also created five full time jobs.

Darren Hall, Fraikin MD, said: “Though the standard of maintenance remained high after we closed the Bristol workshop in 2018, operating costs were consistently increasing.

“Re-opening the Bristol site is a great way of taking back control, allowing us to cost-effectively provide the level of service our customers expect moving forward.

“It’s all about relationships, and when we have a vehicle coming into our own site every six weeks we can build a better understanding of the customer’s business and prioritise work accordingly.”

Fraikin now operates six maintenance depots across the UK, in Bellshill, Warrington, Central Midlands, Enfield, Iver and Bristol – with an additional rental-only facility in Northampton.