Thompsons of Prudhoe have just bought two “walking-floor” trailers from Titan Trailers to add to their articulated haulage fleet.
These trailers replace two of the 16 tipping trailers that have been the mainstay of the Thompsons long-distance bulk haulage fleet for decades, and mark a major moment in the Thompson fleet’s 68 year history.
The trailers will be used to haul the company’s own lime and aggregates, as well as other bulk materials across the North, Scotland and the rest of the UK.
The 27½ tonne payload trailers represent a significant financial commitment to fleet safety as they come at a premium of almost 75% against the cost of a new traditional tipping trailer.
However, the Thompson Board felt that the safety benefits far outweighed the financial drivers for the fleet capital renewal programme. Transport Manager Ronnie McGrouther said that the reasons for the choice was the stability, durability, the ability to tip indoors without risk of overhead damage, a less obtrusive size overall, and, above all the elimination of the risk of overturning when discharging a load.