Pictured: Vincent Waddell (L), Brian McManus (R).

Peel Ports Group is welcoming the launch of Surefreight’s new Heysham Depot - a £1.3 million investment made by the haulage firm intended to improve port accessibility for businesses and consumers across the country.

Launching this Saturday 2 September at 11am, the Depot will open its gates to an estimated 300 guests who will be the first to experience the new dedicated driver facilities and training centre.

Nick Ridehalgh, Port Director for Peel Ports Mersey says: “The new M6 link road put in place has already helped to improve access to and from the port. This has in turn led to more investment being made in the area, which is a positive outcome for businesses and the local community.

“The Surefreight team have really pulled out all the stops to make it an enjoyable family orientated event.”

Heysham Port offers a fast and efficient route to the Irish Sea, catering to a number of daily sailings. A key partner for Surefreight is Seatruck. These firms have developed a special relationship, after having worked together at the port for over 20 years. This recent investment underlines the haulage firm’s commitment to one of its most valued customers.

Brian McManus of Surefreight comments: “This investment is very much part of our overall strategic distribution plan to add value for our customers and, of course, to people in the local area. Not only will it help us to grow our own client relationships, but it will allow other businesses to grow theirs too.

“We want the launch to be a real treat for families because that’s what our business is all about. We’re also on the hiring trail so we will be actively looking for Class 1 drivers at the event, and will be giving guests the chance to drive in one of our lorries.”

Surefreight, which is celebrating 30 years in the industry – plans to lay on food and drinks, as well as a kids’ corner featuring a bouncy castle and several raffle prizes. There will also be an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Alistair Eagles, CEO of Seatruck says: “The M6 Link road has dramatically reduced the transit time to Heysham Port and has been a real game changer for the development routes from the Port of Heysham. Surefreight’s investment will only help bolster the strategic plans we have in place with Peel Ports Group. This is a momentous event for everyone who relies on the port for business.”

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