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Culina driver takes top Microlise prize

Nottingham, UK: Giorgio Lercara of Culina has been named Microlise Driver of the Year, beating the competition of over 110,000 HGV drivers who were originally considered within the process.

award-doty-600x360The award was presented by HRH the Princess Royal at last week’s Microlise Transport Conference, attended by over 1,000 transport industry professionals.

Lercara was named overall winner after a process that involved analysing the telematics information from 110,000 drivers engaging with Microlise systems, who met basic eligibility criteria such as driving a minimum number of miles in each of the four quarters of 2015.

Microlise executive director Bob Harbey said: “HGV drivers play a critical role in the supply chain and often go unrecognised for the remarkable efforts they go to. We are pleased to be able to highlight their efforts and reward the exemplary performers for their contribution. Congratulations to Giorgio for this outstanding achievement.”

A range of organisations were shortlisted including B&Q, Bibby Distribution, Bidvest, BOC, Ceva, Culina, Downton, Fowler Welch, Hovis, John Mitchell Haulage, Next, Samworth Brothers, Synergy, Warburtons and WM Armstrong Transport.

The full shortlist of 24 drivers enjoyed a Porsche track day courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK.

The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards will run once again in 2017.

UK: M20 lorry park plans move ahead

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Plans afoot to build a lorry park off the M20 to relieve congesion surrounding the port of Dover

Kent, UK: Construction firm Balfour Beatty has secured an £130m contract to build a lorry park off the M20 following concerns about Operation Stack to relieve congesion surrounding the port of Dover.

Balfour Beatty says that the 3,600-space area could be “partially open” by summer 2017. However, Highways England has not yet committed to a location for the park.

The first and so far most favoured option seems to be Stanford West, with the main access direct from the M20 and a secondary one through the Stop 24 services via a new bridge. The second option is a site near Stanford East.

Balfour Beatty group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “Balfour Beatty’s expertise in major infrastructure projects and long-standing relationship with Highways England will be crucial for the safe and successful delivery of this project.

“The M20 lorry area will provide much needed relief to Kent’s road networks while supporting local economic growth and development.”

Chancellor George Osborne announced a £250m funding package for a solution to Operation Stack in his Autumn Statement last year.

Highways England project manager Adrian Sheppard said: “We are pleased to appoint Balfour Beatty as our construction partner to work with us on a permanent lorry park in Kent in the months ahead.

“Operation Stack is only ever implemented as a last resort. We are working on plans for a new long-term solution that will ease congestion on local roads.”

Rodda’s Cream takes Carrier Xarios

Redruth, Cornwall, UK: Cornish clotted cream producer Rodda’s Cream has updated its fleet with four new 7.5-tonne Isuzu Forward N75.190 trucks with insulated bodies and Carrier Transicold Xarios 500 fridges.

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Rodda’s Cream has updated its fleet with four new Isuzu 7.5 tonners

The four new trucks join Rodda’s 18-strong refrigerated fleet, including a mix of fifteen 7.5-tonne Isuzu, Iveco, Mitsubishi Fuso and Volkswagen vehicles, plus three 18-tonne MAN trucks.

The new vehicles will be used six days a week, to help transport up to 220 million portions of clotted cream produced at Rodda’s creamery each year to hotels, restaurants and supermarket distribution centres in South West England.

The four new arrivals are expected to remain in service for five years and cover 90,000 miles annually. Servicing and maintenance for Rodda’s refrigerated fleet is carried out by local network service partner Carrier Transicold Cornwall.

“We purchased a truck mounted with a Carrier Transicold Supra 1050 unit and were so impressed with its performance that we’ve never looked back,” said Barry Wilkinson, transport logistics manager, Rodda’s. “Since then we’ve entrusted our refrigeration requirements to Carrier Transicold UK, and had no hesitation in giving the company 100 per cent of our latest order.”

Capable of maintaining a set point of between -20 and +30 degrees Celsius in vehicles with box volumes from 8-40m3, the Carrier Transicold Xarios range is ideally suited to Rodda’s application. The units’ ultra slim evaporators increase the available load space, while the advanced electronic controller and brushless fans reduce the chance of vehicle downtime, helping to ensure high reliability and a long product lifetime.

Founded in 1890 by Eliza Jane Rodda, Cornish clotted cream production has been at the heart of the Rodda family for more than 125 years. Dedicated to its Cornish heritage, Rodda’s sources all of its milk from within a 30-mile radius of its creamery in Redruth, Cornwall.

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