Manchester-based haulier Gerrard’s of Swinton has landed a deal with construction materials giant Hanson UK to take over its internal North West fleet of 12 eight-wheel tippers and moving floor trailers.

Under the deal, 12 Hanson drivers will be transferred to Gerrard’s workforce. The haulage and construction company has also agreed to transfer four of its own vehicles to the fleet and upgrade all 16 vehicles within two years.

Speaking to motortransport.co.uk, MD Sebastian Gerrard said the partnership is “significant” and could herald similar deals with Hanson in other regions.

He added that the company is currently in negotiations to forge a similar arrangement with landscape paving manufacturer Marshalls.

Gerrard said: “This makes us Hanson’s largest hauler in the North West. Hopefully, if it goes well, Hanson’s will do ask us to do the same in other regions as well.”

He added: “We are already the largest contract haulier in the North West for Aggregate Industries, Tarmac Building Products, Breedon Aggregates and Marchington Stone and we are now brokering a deal to do the same with aggregate company Marshalls.”

However, according to sources, Gerrards is reducing its workload with client Tarmac. Sebastian Gerrard declined to go into detail but said: “Sadly we don’t feel our strong core values are aligned with Tarmac’s at this time.”

Gerrards of Swinton, which was founded in 1864 by Jonathan Gerrard, the great, great, great grandfather of Sebastian Gerrard, has a haulage division which operates a fleet of around 50 vehicles, including tipper trucks, low loaders, plant hire, and moving floor vehicles.

The company also has a driver training school which specialises in training ex-services personnel.