A Sharper Service at West Pennine Trucks Ltd

We are delighted to reveal our renovated reception area at WPT Middleton which has doubled in size to accommodate the needs of both our customers and staff. Continuous growth at the depot has required the redesign of our customer facing areas and an increase in the size of our reception area to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for all.

First impressions are important when you enter a building and the reception area is the face your business presents to its customers. It reflects your business activities which is why WPT Middleton now provides a more modern and professional habitat for our Workshop and Parts Departments, as well as Used Trucks.

The reception is part of an ongoing programme of improvements at West Pennine replacing some of our older customer facing and office interiors with modern facilities.

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Network Rail swells maintenance fleet with Fiat

Network Rail has taken delivery of the first Fiat Doblo Cargo vehicles it has ordered to facilitate its technicians in carrying out the day-to-day operation and maintenance of Britain’s rail network.

A total of 283 Fiat Doblo Cargo and Doblo Crew vans, all in SWB guise powered by SWB 1.3 MultiJet II 90hp engines, have been ordered for deployment across the UK. The vehicles were sent to Bri-Stor Systems in Staffordshire before delivery to have graphics applied and any racking and storage fitted to the load area.

Network Rail is responsible for the care and maintenance of 20,000 miles of rail tracks and infrastructure as well as 18 major railway stations, 2,500 peripheral railway stations, 8,200 commercial properties and 32,000 bridges and tunnels, not to mention the countless signals and level crossings dotted across the network. Given the importance, complexity and geographical challenges presented by Network Rail’s work, the company said a fleet of efficient, reliable, comfortable and safe vehicles is essential equipment for its frontline technical staff.

‘Being chosen by Network Rail to supply its fleet of maintenance vehicles is not just a major vote of confidence in the robustness, efficiency, versatility and commercial sense of Fiat Professional products, we feel it also recognises the quality of our aftersales care as well as our ability to meet the exacting requirements of every single customer, from individual user-choosers to large company fleets,’ commented Sebastian Fedrigo, head of Fiat Professional UK.


Sleator Plant continue to break records

Sleator Plant have recently sold a CX470 Excavator to Alpha Quarries. This is the largest Case machine sold in NI in the past 10 years.

Well done to everyone involved, great to see Sleator Plant continue to break records!

Alpha Quarry Products Ltd evolved from C E Stevenson & Sons established in 1948 by Cyril Edward Stevenson.

In the following years his sons joined with their father in a working partnership that was to last over 40 years. Upon Cyril and Edward’s retirement in 2004 the business continued under the Management and ownership of Ronnie and Paul Stevenson. A further restructuring took place in March 2013 with Alpha Quarry Products Ltd being formed under the Management of Paul and his wife Jeanette. This second generation business, with in many instances 2nd generation employees continues to grow from strength to strength, with thousands of loyal customers and a dedicated work force who together have enabled Alpha Quarry Products Ltd to process thousands of orders monthly in both quarry and concrete products.


Facebook fans grow for West Pennine Trucks

West Pennine Trucks Ltd now has 326 likes on their facebook page, and photo albums for all six depots, with multiple likes and shares for individual posts.
Keep it up West Pennine, showing new trucks which customers have purchased in gaining quite a fan base, and there are some serious Scania fans out there!

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Fiat Ducato LWB High Roof Van most fuel effective in class

Fleet Van compared The Fiat Ducato van against it’s major rivals in the sector to find it the most cost effective in the field in last months edition of Fleet Van magazine. The Ducato LWB high roof van was been found to have fuel running costs of just 15.13 pence per mile, far lower than all of the competition. Trevor Gehlcken of Fleet Van wrote “These vehicles are as big as you can get without needing an O-licence and tachographs”, he added “the NV400, Master and Movano are essentially the same vehicle, as are the Ducato and Boxer, although the Ducato has it’s own set of engines”.Figures can be accessed free at“.

The Ducato was compared against the Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay, Ford Transit, Vauxhall Movano and the Nissan NV400 in November’s issue of Fleet Van magazine.



parkerTankersley, Sheffield UK, December 2014 – TDL Equipment are pleased to announce their appointment by Parker Plant as UK distributors for their tracked crushing and screening products.

While TDL will be the main interface with Parker, TDL’s sister Ballyvesey companies of Sleator Plant and Scotia plant will cover distribution in Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively.

The group will provide sales and support for Parker’s range of jaw, cone and impact crushers and the full line of screening products.

Cameron Watson, Ballyvesey’s Construction Equipment Divisions Managing Director , commented “We are delighted to add such a well-respected, reliable product range to our growing portfolio.”

TDL Equipment are the official UK distributor of Terex® trucks, Genie® telehandlers, Atlas® material handlers, wheeled excavators, and wheel loaders, Ammann compaction equipment and
Yanmar mini/ midi excavators and tracked dumpers.



sanyTankersley Sheffield UK, December 2014 – TDL Equipment are pleased to announce their appointment by Sany Germany GmbH as UK distributors for their excavator products.

TDL Equipment will cover distribution in England, Scotland and Wales (excluding Ireland) and will provide sales and support for the following models which are currently available in the UK – SY75C, SY135C, SY215C, SY235C, and SY335C, ranging from 7.5 ton to 37 ton.

Cameron Watson, Ballyvesey’s Construction Equipment Divisions Managing Director, commented :
“We are delighted to add a range of tracked excavators from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction equipment to complement our existing portfolio.”


Do you need an office within European Union?

If so then the Ballyvesey Business Park, premises located in industrial part of southern Poland, in Rybnik city is a perfect location for your business operations.

• Ballyvesey Business Park location:
• Industrial part of southern Poland
• Half way between west – east Poland, between Wroclaw and Krakow,
• 50km away from Katowice,
• 12km away from national motorways A1 and A4,
• About 30km from Czech border,
• Close to international airports: Katowice Airport and Krakow Airport.

At Ballyvesey Business Park you will find comfortable offices and various size warehouses, parking places for trucks and trailers, storage areas.

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Paralympic double gold medalist

Paralympic double gold medalist arrives in style in luxury Whittaker horsebox and proves new DAF can be tailored to any need

Luxury horsebox conversion shows versatility of DAF LF Bespoke design by Whittakers Coachbuilders for Natasha Baker MBE – Paralympic dressage rider and double Paralympic and European gold medallist
The DAF LF can be tailored to meet the needs of any industries, but one of its latest and more luxurious conversions is a bespoke Whittaker horsebox for Paralympic dressage rider and double Paralympic and European gold medallist Natasha Baker MBE.

The impressive Whittaker horsebox is based on a DAF LF 18t and has already transporting Natasha and up to four horses to equestrian dressage competitions in Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Sussex, with trips to Belgium and France planned for next year. It also provides plush accommodation for Natasha and her team during events, and comfortable travelling accommodation for the horses, with fans to keep them cool and padded partitions to ensure they travel safely.

‘Daphne’, as Natasha calls the horsebox, has a bespoke design to suit her needs, such as an outside locker to accommodate her mobility scooter and several interior modifications to assist her when staying in the vehicle. It also has an appropriate number plate: NB14 GBR.

The individual conversion is based on the flagship Legend horsebox from Whittakers Coachbuilders with a high specification including luxury fitted bathroom, slide-out side extension to maximise the living and socialising space, air conditioning, underfloor heating and an integrated monitoring system for the horse’s living area.
Commenting on her new vehicle, Natasha Baker MBE said: “Having this amazing horsebox will make a huge difference when I am competing as it helps me go about my every day routine with the confidence I need to perform at the top of my sport.”

“It’s extremely comfortable to travel in, the horses travel amazingly well in it and eagerly run up the ramp when they know they’re going out, and my Dad says it’s great to drive. The quality of the interior and fittings for us and the horses are absolutely amazing,” she continued.

The horsebox is also environmentally friendly as possible with the latest and most efficient PACCAR engines with Euro 6 compliant emissions.

Phil Moon, Marketing Manager at DAF UK said: “I think this is one of the most beautiful, unusual and definitely the most luxurious conversions of a DAF LF I’ve ever seen. It’s also a lovely demonstration of how versatile the new LF is for coachbuilders thanks to its new, completely flat chassis and electrical system.

With its generous payload, efficient engines and cleaner emissions, this proves the new LF is perfect as anything from a modern distribution truck to a horsebox.”


All Scania fleet for Beesons of Crewe

A stunning new P280 6×2 rear steer Livestock Transporter joins an all Scania fleet at Beesons of Crewe in Cheshire. Reliability, performance and excellent service from West Pennine Trucks’ Stoke depot secured the deal with Beesons.

Beesons is a second generation family business. Established in 1965 supplying Beef to butchers and processors throughout the UK and more recently Europe.

They also provide the farmers of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and North Wales, with the most welfare friendly way possible of selling cattle, with unnecessary transport and handling kept to a minimum.