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29 July, 2021 - 13:48 By Tony Quested

Turners switches to ultimate CleanTech trailers

The estimated significant fuel savings from running its latest refrigerated trailers with new Thermo King Advancer systems has led to Turners (Soham) Ltd placing orders for 71 new single compartment reefer trailers fitted with Advancer A400 systems.

All of which are being supplied, installed and maintained by Thermo King’s long standing UK dealer, Marshall Fleet Solutions.

Initially, 31 Gray & Adams single compartment trailers with TK Advancer units are joining the Turners (Soham) fleet over a progressive 10 week cycle during the summer period, with a further 40 similar specification G&A trailers going into service with Turners from October onwards.

All 71 of the new G&A trailers with Advancers are expected to operate in the Turners (Soham) fleet for at least 10 years, mainly working from the company’s Newmarket and Spalding facilities.

Announcing details of this major investment in the Turners (Soham) refrigerated trailer fleet, Group Fleet Engineer Tim King said: “The increase in fuel price as a result of the rebate on red diesel being withdrawn will have a major impact on our overall fleet running costs.

“However, we believe that the introduction of new modern trailers into our fleet, all of which will benefit from Advancer’s proven fuel saving performance, will continue our push to operate the most economic temperature-controlled trailer fleet as possible.

“We are a long-term major fleet user of Thermo King refrigeration systems in conjunction with Marshall Fleet Solutions, with whom we have a really close working relationship.

“As soon as Advancer was launched, MFS worked hard to ensure that we could introduce this innovative trailer fridge system into our fleet as soon as it was available.”

As part of the relationship with Turners (Soham), Marshall Fleet Solutions also runs a dedicated service and maintenance facility at the Turners site in Newmarket, handling the large number of Thermo King refrigeration systems in their fleet.

King adds: “Such is the synergy between the companies that this close relationship allows us to achieve far greater efficiencies and productivity with regards to our temperature-controlled trailer fleet. 

“With the inbuilt telematics in the new Advancers, MFS and ourselves will be able to monitor closely the up-to-date fuel usage to identify the progress that we are making with regards to generating even greater fuel savings within the fleet.”

Established over 80 years ago, Turners (Soham) Ltd has grown to be one of the largest and most successful privately owned transport companies in the United Kingdom, operating in excess of 1850 vehicles from 32 sites and employing over 3,400 people.

Currently, Turners (Soham) Ltd operates approx. 700 refrigerated trailers, with over 500 of the trailers being based on Thermo King refrigeration systems.

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