Tesco longer semi-trailer

Tesco has taken delivery of 25 new refrigerated longer semi-trailers in order to help it achieve its aim of reducing carbon emissions.

It will operate the new trailers from its RDCs in Avonmouth, Livingston and Peterborough, and each can carry six more cages than a standard 13.6m trailer.

Tesco fleet engineering manager Cliff Smith said: “That represents an increase in productivity of more than 13%, so the potential benefits in terms of reduced vehicle movements and lower emissions are obvious.”

The new trailers, built by Gray & Adams, are equipped with Carrier Transicold Vector 1850 multi-temperature refrigeration units, Tridec command steering axles and retractable Dhollandia tail-lifts capable of lifting 1,500kg.

Smith added: “We run our trailers for eight years but know that Gray & Adams’ equipment is sufficiently reliable and strongly built to withstand the rigours of a demanding, round-the-clock operation.”

In addition to the new trailers, the retailer runs a fleet of temperature-controlled, single- and double-deck 13.6m and short, urban trailers.