FreshLinc trials longer lengths with Gray & Adams

Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK: FreshLinc has joined a government-backed trial of longer semi-trailers.

Gray & Adams has supplied several insulated 14.6m trailers fitted with Carrier Vector dual-temperature refrigeration units and BPW self-steer axles that allow them to meet turning circle requirements.

The new trailers can each carry 28 pallets, two more than FreshLinc’s standard, 13.6m units and will work with new 6×2 Daf XF105 Super Space tractor units. FreshLinc has order 63 more similar spec Daf tractors with delivery expected in December.

Productive partnership: FreshLinc’s Andy Marchant, right, with Clive Horn of Gray & Adams

The 14.6m trailers have been assigned to an intensive trunking operation between Spalding and Scotland.

Andy Marchant, group fleet engineer, FreshLinc says it is gruelling application. “The rigs are fully-freighted and double-shifted, but I’ve every confidence that our new Gray & Adams trailers are up to the job.”

Earlier this year the Department for Transport gave the go ahead for operators to begin trialling a limited number of longer semi-trailers – the government wants to see how these might help to increase efficiency and cut the number of vehicles on UK roads.

“At the time we placed our order Gray & Adams had already built a large number of these longer trailers for several of the major supermarkets,” Marchant says.

“This, coupled with my own experience of its product quality and back-up over the last 15 years, meant we felt entirely comfortable in awarding it the contract to supply our own, extended-length trailers.”

“Gray & Adams is very good when it comes to building bespoke equipment, while I also sit down regularly with its sales manager Clive Horn to discuss adapting existing designs to meet our changing requirements,” Marchant says.

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