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Tesco and Gray & Adams play the long game

Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK: Tesco is running 25 new 15.65m Gray & Adams refrigerated trailers as part of a Department for Transport-backed trial of longer length trailers.

Tesco, winner of the Private Sector Fleet of the Year prize at the Green Fleet Awards, is a long-standing Gray & Adams customer and operates a substantial fleet of its temperature-controlled single- and double-deck 13.6m and short, urban trailers.

1-Tesco PicGray & Adams 15.65m trailer - Tesco (2)Cliff Smith, fleet engineering manager, Tesco, says: “Once we’d resolved to use our permits for refrigerated trailers, Gray & Adams was the obvious supplier.

“It was best-placed in terms of the development work it had already done on these longer trailers, while experience has also proved that its products are well designed and ‘fit for purpose’.

“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.”

The Tesco 15.65m trailers have Carrier Transicold Vector 1850 multi-temperature refrigeration units and 1500kg capacity Dhollandia retractable tail-lifts, as well as Tridec command steer axles which allow them to meet statutory turning circle rules.

Operating from regional distribution centres in Avonmouth, Livingston and Peterborough, they are delivering to Tesco stores and can each carry 51 cages, six more than a 13.6m long trailer. “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,” Smith says.

“But we’ve only just set these trailers on the road, so we still have a fair bit of work to do in terms of driver-training and risk assessment at the delivery points before we come to any firm conclusions.”