North East company agrees £3.4m truck deal

Trevor Simmons, group managing director for Bell Truck and Van, left, and Paul Cockburn, general manager of the Owen Pugh Group, with the first of the fleet of new trucks.

Trevor Simmons, group managing director for Bell Truck and Van, left, and Paul Cockburn, general manager of the Owen Pugh Group, with the first of the fleet of new trucks.

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Civil engineering firm the Owen Pugh Group has taken delivery of the first of 34 new vehicles acquired as part of a £3.4m deal with Mercedes-Benz dealership Bell Truck and Van.

The 32-ton Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3240K 8x4 truck has arrived at Owen Pugh’s head office in Dudley, near Cramlington, and the contractor will now see three vehicles arriving weekly for the next 12 weeks.

The order, the firm’s largest-ever single investment in its fleet, comprises 28 tippers and six trucks converted for use as loaders.

The new trucks will replace older vehicles and complimenting its 75-strong lorry fleet. They will also be available for hire.

Group general manager Paul Cockburn said: “We’re delighted to see the first of the 34 new vehicles arrive at our head office.”

“The order represents our largest-ever investment in fleet, which will allow us to operate more efficiently, cutting monthly fuel costs by up to four per cent and significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

“They’ll be heading straight out on the road to support work currently under way on major schemes across the region.”

The trucks will be put to work on projects including the Morpeth Northern Bypass, where Owen Pugh is undertaking earthworks on behalf of Carillion and is transporting construction aggregates for Lafarge Tarmac.

They will also be used at the Dalton Park retail outlet at Murton in County Durham, where Owen Pugh is carrying out excavation and re-composting work for the site’s extension.

Longbenton-based Bell Truck and Van will maintain the vehicles over the next five years.

Mr Cockburn added: “We were keen to work with another North East business on this deal, and given Bell Truck and Van’s track record in providing unrivalled customer service and after-sales support, they were the obvious choice.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of the fleet arrive on site over the coming weeks and look forward to developing this partnership in the future.”

Trevor Simmons, group managing director for Bell Truck and Van, said: “We were delighted that the Owen Pugh Group selected us as their partner of choice to deliver this substantial order.

“We were pleased to deliver the first truck to site and look forward to seeing the fleet in action throughout the North East in the months and years to come.”

The Owen Pugh Group comprises five trading companies operating in the civil engineering industry, undertaking earthmoving and demolition, drainage and groundworks, plant-hire and haulage, quarrying, inert waste and drain cleaning, and CCTV surveys.

The group is headquartered in Dudley in North Tyneside and has other bases in Blaydon, Stockton-on-Tees and Bassington Lane in Cramlington, as well as Marsden Quarry in South Shields, employing more than 420 staff overall.