Pollock (Scotrans) has acquired Blackburn-based haulier Gilbraith (TS) for an undisclosed seven figure sum, giving the Scottish operator extended reach into north-west England.

Gilbraith, which holds an O-licence for 30 vehicles and 35 trailers, is, like Pollock, a Palletways member. It offers full-load, groupage and warehousing services from its Bolton Road Freight Terminal, which is also home to a fully integrated rail and road facility with 1km of private sidings connected to the main rail network.

In a statement, Pollock said: “We are delighted to acquire Gilbraith, a well respected family owned transport company. It is a strategic acquisition which allows Pollock to have two transport hubs one in Bathgate and the other in Blackburn.”

Pollock said that the deal would give the group a combined turnover in excess of £25m: in the year-ending 25 August 2012 Pollock recorded a turnover of £19.5m and a pre-tax profit of £76,756.

Gilbraith has only filed abbreviated accounts with Companies House.

Four directors at Pollock will join the board of Gilbrailth: Fraser Pollock , Scott Pollock , Harry Mulvey and Mark Jackson.