Delivery firm adds 56 new trucks to fleet

Daily Echo: City Link managing director Dave Smith with Fraikin chief executive officer Peter Backhouse. City Link managing director Dave Smith with Fraikin chief executive officer Peter Backhouse.

Delivery firm City Link has beefed up its fleet at its Southampton depot by adding 56 new trucks to cope with the Christmas rush.

Resplendent in City Link’s distinctive green and yellow livery, the new vehicles have been drafted in as online shopping is expected to beat all records this year.

Spokesman Tim Brown said: “Maintaining our service levels throughout the peak period is at the top of our agenda. “We recognise, however, that if we are to achieve this it is essential that we ensure that we have the right tools for the job.

“Over the past few months we have developed a robust plan and are making a substantial investment in manpower, vehicles and additional sites to ensure that we are ready to deal with the level of increased volumes we are expecting this Christmas.”

The vehicles have been supplied by Fraikin, one of the UK’s leading fleet management, contract hire and rental specialists. Fraikin will also maintain the vehicles along with the remainder of City Link’s 500 strong tractor and trailer fleet under the existing arrangement between the two organisations.

The new Renault 430 Premium 4x2 tractor units are all Euro 5 compliant and have been fitted with Fraikin Vision, a state-of-the-art telematics system that provides detailed analysis to enhance fleet performance. They will also deliver savings in fuel consumption and reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint. All of the vehicles are replacements for City Link’s existing fleet, although under the terms of the agreement City Link will retain its existing vehicles so as to maximise fleet availability over the peak period.

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1:47am Wed 14 Nov 12

sonottrue says...

So Not True!! These vehicles are not going to be based at Southampton and will not be helping deliveries at peak in the local area. These are trunk vehicles for towing trailers all around the UK and this is just a photo opportunity for a failing MD. As for the assertion that City Link are making substantial investment inmanpower then a good journalist may have asked how many people have been made redundant at Southampton this year and if you asked about the whole company the numbers are scary. As for investing in additional sites? Where is the Portsmouth site that was here last year?
So Not True!! These vehicles are not going to be based at Southampton and will not be helping deliveries at peak in the local area. These are trunk vehicles for towing trailers all around the UK and this is just a photo opportunity for a failing MD. As for the assertion that City Link are making substantial investment inmanpower then a good journalist may have asked how many people have been made redundant at Southampton this year and if you asked about the whole company the numbers are scary. As for investing in additional sites? Where is the Portsmouth site that was here last year? sonottrue

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