Northern Ireland service launched
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• Tyneside-based operator Brown Wharrier is linking with Northern Ireland Railways to provide a part-load service to Ireland for north of England customers.
Brown Wharrier will take a truck to the province every 48 hours, with consignments of between two and six tonnes. "We're aiming at firms whose loads are a bit too much for TNT or FedEx, but too small to go with one haulier," says chairman Peter Brown.
Northern Ireland Railways also distributes to the Republic of Ireland. Brown Wharrier, which runs 20 trucks mainly to the Continent, eventually hopes to offer European distribution to NIR's customers.