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Longer semi-trailers: who will be trialling them and how many?

  • 15 December 2011
  • By Chris Druce

A total of 180 applications have been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) for next year’s trial of longer semi-trailers, CM can reveal.

The breakdown consists of hauliers, own-account operators and trailer manufacturers, which between them will pilot the use of 1,811 longer semi-trailers on UK roads.

While larger operators have been granted the most longer semi-trailers in pure number terms as expected, the DfT has been true to its word and spread the allocation widely between operators large and small, with no single entity having more than 8% of the total.

Nobert Dentressangle has the largest combined allocation (split between its logistics and transport services businesses) and will run 67 of the 14.6m length longer semi-trailers and 64 of the 15.65m maximum length variant.

Trial supporter Wincanton gets 68 (straight split), while Eddie Stobart gets 67 of the 14.6m trailers and 23 of the 15.65m variant, with DHL UK getting 90 (split 67/23). All significantly below the few hundred each of the three firms were gunning for.

Other well known names include Bibby Distribution, which will run 25 of the longest trailers, while CM Downton has 60, split 22/38. Maritime Transport has 75 of the 15.65m version and Geopost, parent firm of DPD and Interlink, a 64/21 split.

Jack Semple, director of policy at the Road Haulage Association, says: “There was a fear large companies could dominate.

“While we would have liked to see more weighting towards SMEs, we are very pleased that the department has essentially opted for a half-way house.”

Regional players include Manchester’s BTS Haulage has 19 trailers (split 14/5), while Lincoln-based ET Morris has an allocation of 9 (7/2). Kirkcudbright’s Hayton Coulthard has a single 15.65m trailer, while Northampton’s Acumen Distribution will run four of the longest variant and Heathrow’s Saints Transport five.

Risk Solutions has been chosen to asses the UK longer semi-trailer trial on behalf of the DfT.

See our guide to Longer semi-trailers (high-volume trailers) for more.

Allocation of longer semi-trailers

CompanyAllocation 14.6 metre15.65 metreTotalArla Foods Ltd
26
9
35
A D Haulage (Telford) ltd
0
1
1
A.B.E (LEDBURY) LTD
1
0
1
Acumen Distribution Ltd
0
4
4
Advanced Processing Ltd
0
9
9
Alan Glendinning Haulage Ltd
1
0
1
Allegro Transport Ltd
0
1
1
Ascott Transport Limited
4
1
5
ASDA Stores Ltd
0
45
45
Associated Cold Stores and Transport Ltd
0
3
3
B. Taylor Sons Transport Ltd
0
5
5
Bandvulc Tyres Ltd
0
1
1
Benson Box
0
1
1
Bibby Distribution Ltd
0
25
25
Booker Ltd
0
15
15
Branston Ltd
0
1
1
Brewers Road Haulage Ltd
1
0
1
Britannia Superfine Ltd
0
1
1
Brit European Transport Ltd
0
2
2
BTS Haulage Limited
14
5
19
Bunzl Healthcare
2
0
2
Bunzl Retail Supplies
3
1
4
BYFIELD’S TRANSPORT
0
1
1
C Butt Ltd
0
5
5
C S ELLIS (GROUP) LTD
0
1
1
Carntyne Transport Co Ltd
0
5
5
Cartwright Bros (Haulage) Ltd
0
3
3
CARTWRIGHT RENTALS LTD – F T S Hatswell
7
3
10
CARTWRIGHT RENTALS LTD – AHH Pharmaceuticals
7
3
10
CARTWRIGHT RENTALS LTD – Circle Express
7
3
10
Cedartone (Equipment Sales) Limited
0
1
1
CEVA Logistics Limited
0
3
3
CFT Services Limited
0
1
1
Clive Cowern Transport Services Ltd
0
1
1
CM Downton (Haulage Contractors) Ltd
22
38
60
Commercial Vehicle Rental Ltd
0
2
2
Cooperative Group
0
8
8
Culina Logistics Ltd
22
8
30
Cullingworth Commercials Freight Services Ltd
3
0
3
Currie European Transport Ltd
0
8
8
Davies Turner Co Ltd
0
2
2
Dechra Ltd T/A National Veterinary Services
1
0
1
DFDS Limited
4
2
6
DHL UK
67
23
90
DSV Road Ltd
0
13
13
EAS Consulting Logistics
0
1
1
E T Morris Sons Ltd
7
2
9
E H Nicolls Jnr Ltd
0
4
4
Eddie Stobart Ltd
67
23
90
Elddis Transport (Consett) Limited
9
2
11
Eurofleet Rental Ltd – Widdowsons Ltd
7
6
13
Eurofleet Rental Ltd – AB Produce plc
1
0
1
Eurofleet Rental Ltd – Cotton Transport
1
0
1
Expert Logistics
0
2
2
F Lloyd (Penley) Ltd
0
1
1
Fagan Whalley Limited
4
0
4
Fergusons Transport Ltd
7
0
7
FITZMAURICE CARRIERS LTD
1
0
1
Fowler Welch Limited
0
3
3
Framptons Transport Services Ltd
7
4
11
Freightforce Distribution
2
1
3
Freshlinc LTD
4
0
4
FTS Hatswell Ltd
0
2
2
GeoPost UK Ltd
64
21
85
Gist Ltd
0
20
20
Great Bear Distribution
15
5
20
Gregory Distribution Ltd
0
1
1
Guy John Keyes
1
0
1
H. Parkinson Haulage Limited
0
5
5
H. T. Gardner Transport
2
1
3
Harvey Grant
0
1
1
Hayton Coulthard
0
1
1
Hermes Parcelnet Ltd
32
11
43
Heverin Haulage Ltd
3
1
4
HLC (Wood Products) Ltd
1
0
1
Home Retail Group (Argos)
0
9
9
Howard Tenens (Andover) Ltd
3
0
3
Howard Tenens (Boston) Ltd
3
0
3
Howard Tenens (Swindon) Ltd
3
0
3
Hyperama Plc
0
1
1
Identity Parade Ltd
7
0
7
J Godfrey Son Ltd
1
0
1
JD COWPER LTD
0
1
1
J. Sainsbury’s Plc
7
3
10
Jack Richards Son Ltd
22
8
30
JAMES SMITH (DENNY) LTD
0
1
1
James Wilby Ltd
0
1
1
JME Transport Ltd
0
13
13
John G Russell Transport Ltd
0
9
9
John Jempson Son
0
1
1
John Lewis
7
1
8
Katem Logistics Ltd
0
1
1
Kay Transport
0
1
1
Keyes Transport Ltd
1
0
1
King Stag (Transport) Ltd
0
1
1
KNIGHTS OF OLD LTD
0
9
9
Lambert Brothers Haulage Ltd
0
1
1
Langdon Industries Ltd
7
0
7
Lenham Storage Co Ltd
7
3
10
Lenham Storage Southern Ltd
7
3
10
Lloyd Fraser (Contracts) Ltd
7
0
7
Lloyd Fraser Group
0
2
2
Magnum Spedition Ltd/ Magnum Logistics Ltd
1
0
1
Magnus Group Ltd
0
5
5
Maritime Transport Ltd
75
0
75
Matalan
0
3
3
Maxi Group Ltd
19
5
24
MAXIM LOGISTICS LTD
0
3
3
McCarthy Haulage
0
5
5
McClenaghan of Slamannan Ltd
0
1
1
MDF (Great Yarmouth) Ltd
1
1
2
Meachers Global Ltd
7
3
10
Metcalfe Farms (Haulage) Limited
4
2
6
MJD Services (UK) Ltd
0
3
3
Montgomery Distribution Ltd
4
2
6
Montgomery Refrigerated Ltd
7
3
10
Montgomery Transport Ltd
22
8
30
MRCT
7
0
7
Nestle UK Ltd
0
5
5
NFT Distribution Limited
1
1
2
Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK
0
41
41
Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services Limited
67
23
90
Oaklands Farm Eggs Ltd
0
1
1
Owens (Road Services) ltd
7
0
7
P W Gates Distribution Ltd
0
1
1
Palletline Logistics (Midland) Ltd
4
0
4
Paul Mathew Transport Limited
0
3
3
Pegasus Express Ltd
0
1
1
PF WHITEHEAD TRANSPORT SERVICES Ltd
0
1
1
Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd
0
1
1
Poundland Ltd
0
2
2
PTI Express Ltd
1
0
1
R D Williams and Sons (Haulage) Ltd
0
1
1
R F Straw Services Ltd
0
1
1
R G BASSETT SONS LTD
4
1
5
R J Jones Group Ltd
0
8
8
R T H-Lubbers UK Ltd
1
1
2
Richard Long Ltd
0
1
1
Richard Preston Son Ltd
0
5
5
ROBERT WISEMAN DAIRIES
0
3
3
Royal Mail Group
0
45
45
RT Keedwell Group
0
3
3
S J European Haulage,
0
1
1
Saints Transport Ltd
0
5
5
Samworth Brothers Distribution
0
3
3
Sephton Transport Ltd
0
1
1
Seven Asset Management
0
1
1
Solstor UK Ltd
12
4
16
South West delivery Services Ltd
0
1
1
STARDES LIMITED
1
0
1
Stephen W Thornton Haulage
0
1
1
Steve Prince Transport Ltd
0
1
1
Sundown Products Limited
1
0
1
Superdrug Stores PLC
11
5
16
SW Group Logistics Ltd
0
2
2
T Christie Transport
0
1
1
T.H.Clements Son Ltd
0
1
1
Tandem Transport Limited
3
2
5
Tesco PLC
0
25
25
The Alternative Parcels Company Limited
0
4
4
The Malcolm Group
11
1
12
TNT UK Limited PDC
0
13
13
Torque
1
0
1
Transam Trucking Limited
0
3
3
TRC Truck Rental Ltd
1
2
3
UDG (Unidrug Distribution Group Ltd)
4
1
5
United Biscuits Distribution Services
0
17
17
UPS Ltd
0
13
13
Waitrose
15
8
23
Walkers Snacks (dist) Ltd
0
32
32
Warburtons Limited
0
1
1
White Logistics and Storage LTD
3
1
4
William West and sons (Ilkeston) Ltd
0
3
3
Wincanton Group Ltd
34
34
68
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
0
38
38
Worksop Industrial Tippers
4
0
4
X D P ltd
0
1
1
Yearsley Group
15
5
20
Yusen Logistics (UK)Ltd
0
5
5
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