One of the leading distribution businesses in the north of the UK has ploughed in excess of £1.5m into relocating to new premises and expanding its fleet.
Staff at Walkers Transport have relocated from Rhodes Business Park in Middleton to Royle Barn Road in Rochdale. The firm has also purchased 23 new trailers and eight rigid trucks, bringing its overall fleet size across the Leeds and Rochdale depots to over 160 units.
This investment will help the company to double its capacity to cope with both the upcoming peak and the sustained growth plans through next year. The investment coincides with the company’s 15th year as a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network.
Walkers has experienced 25 per cent growth over the past year following extensive investment in its sales and customer service teams. Now with new premises in Rochdale coupled with the existing transport hub in Leeds, is poised for significant and continued growth in the next two years.
Not content with transport growth Walkers has also opened another new storage location in the heart of Leeds which has increased the storage capability to over 12,500 pallets at any one time.
Richard Simpson, group managing director at Walkers Transport, said the expansion will help the company to meet the growing demand for express palletised freight services across the region: “We’ve grown our operations as regional demand increased. Our new premises will help us provide a more sophisticated service - we now have a drive through distribution centre, can handle all pallet movements under cover and have a viewing deck for customers see the operation as it happens.
“Our new fleet, which have been commissioned in time for the autumn peak period which will come into service immediately, will help us to continue to deliver a first class reliable service and grow the 1.2m pallets we handle every year.”
Walkers Transport is one of over 100 independent transport providers in the Palletways UK network that share each other’s resources to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group is made up of over 400 depots and 14 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 20 European countries, including the UK.