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Scania Spalding supplies Freshlinc with Highline tractor units

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Scania Spalding is to supply temperature-controlled supply chain management specialist FreshLinc with 60 R450 Highline 6×2/2 mid-lift axle tractor units.

The vehicles, which include three-year repair and maintenance contracts, are scheduled for delivery towards the end of the year. Most vehicles in this order will be based at FreshLinc’s Spalding headquarters, with the remainder being allocated to Manchester, one of the company’s eight outbases around the country.

The vehicles will run primarily on refrigerated operations, but will also haul curtainsiders and containers as and when required. FreshLinc Fleet Engineer, Andrew Marchant said: “We already run a number of new generation Scania trucks and have been impressed with their fuel returns, which have contributed to a marked price-per-week reduction in our transport operating costs.

“Acceptance of the Scania cab is already high amongst our drivers, and we have specified the Highline option this time to further add to their appeal and comfort as well as boost residual values. We will keep the trucks for three years, running them as trampers in year one, during which time their drivers will live in the cab throughout the week.

“Thereafter, the trucks will move to double-shifted night and day running to bring their mileages up to our projected figure of 180,000 kilometres per year.”