Fashion retailer Primark has taken delivery of 15 longer semi-trailers (LSTs) manufactured by Stoke-on-Trent-based Don-Bur and arranged in partnership with DHL Supply Chain.

The LSTs will each carry twice the volume of stock as the company’s existing trailers and will mean 1,600 fewer trailer journeys annually. This amounts to 728,000 fewer kilometres travelled each year and the elimination of 680 CO2 equivalent tonnes from Primark’s transport operation in the UK.

The delivery marks the start of a new phase in Primark’s move towards a more sustainable transport model. Each trailer is 15.65 metres long, has two decks and is designed to carry larger volumes of both hanging garments and palletised products to Primark depots across the UK.

Primark also confirmed that later this year it will take delivery of 10 new Iveco tractor units fuelled by liquified natural gas (LNG). Each will deliver a 60% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and cover approximately 200,000 kms per year.

Ian Hicks, head of transport at Primark, said: “We have been working hard for many years to reduce the environmental impact of our logistics operations and we are delighted to take this next step in boosting the sustainability of our transport model. These new trailers have double the capacity of standard trailers and will significantly reduce our transport emissions in the UK. We are proud to bring these new additions into our transport fleet, to help make a more positive impact on the environment. The new trailers with their unmissable Primark branding can be seen on UK roads from this week.”