Billericay haulier bolsters MAN fleet for Crossrail Project

TJ Hammond Transport Ltd. in Billericay has added five new MANs to its specialist distribution fleet. The new vehicles, four TGX 26.440 6x2 tractors and a TGL 8.180 7.5 tonner, will be used to service the company’s contract on London’s Crossrail Project.

TJ Hammond operates a full range of MAN vehicles, including 7.5 tonners, 18 and 26 tonne rigids, and maximum weight tractor units; the total fleet now comprises 18 MAN trucks, most having been funded on Lease packages through MAN Financial Services.

The company has received full accreditaion from the Crossrail Project, the ambitious cross-Capital railway and infrastructure scheme due for completion in 2018. The accreditation covers trucks, facilities and personnel, and also allows TJ Hammond to operate on a range of other development projects in London, too.

Additional safety specification, totalling around £1,200 per vehicle, includes audible warnings for reversing and left-turns, a blind-spot indicator for drivers, front and rear facing cameras.

Furthermore, TJ Hammond, is a ‛bronze level’ member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) – a voluntary enterprise introduced by Transport for London to promote safety, efficiency and best practice by local truck operators.

“Our first MAN in 1998 was a used 7.5 tonner,” said Managing Director, Terry Hammond, whose company goes back three generations, “and we bought our first new ones in 2003. As is typical of German motor manufacture, the MANs are built to the highest standard. They are reliable, efficient and our drivers wouldn’t settle for anything less. We spoil them too, and their latest tractor units even have fridges and microwave ovens.”

He added, “The excellent relationship with our MAN dealer, PCL, has of course contributed to our long-term association with MAN. When the unexpected happens, we know we can rely on PCL.”

TJ Hammond Transport Ltd. is a dedicated full-load specialist and operates throughout the UK and Ireland.