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£2m. Transport Contract Let

20th July 1956, Page 37
20th July 1956
Page 37
Page 37, 20th July 1956 — £2m. Transport Contract Let
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THE main transport contract for the Kariba hydro-electric dam scheme has been awarded to Kariba Transport, Ltd., a member of the Rhodesia United Transport group, a subsidiary of the United Transport Co., Ltd., Chepstow.

Worth £2m., the contract is for the transport of materials, supplies and equipment needed for work on the dam. Kariba Transport will have to move about 500,000 tons of material and equipment. A provisional contract of five years has been set, but this may be extended. The company have already imported 50 maximum-capacity vehicles to Rhodesia, and work will probably begin early next month. A further 100 vehicles have been ordered from Leyland Motors, Ltd.

Operating continually until the dam finished, the vehicles will move a steady supply of materials from two main railheads in Northern and Southern Rhodesia. Repair sheds will be built at Kariba and at the two main railheads. Europeans will patrol the roads to keep the convoys moving.

Cement will form a large proportion of the tonnage involved, and 20 of the lorries have special containers to carry it.

• STRONGER VEHICLES TO CARRY SLURRY THE North Western Deputy Licensing THE at Manchester on Tuesday allowed Irlam's Coal Deliveries, Ltd., Manchester, to add six Albion 5-ton oil-engined tippers to their B licence.

Mr. Howard Robinson, for Irlam's, said that if the application were granted, six 30 m.p.h. petrol vehicles would be deleted from the licence. The reason for the change was that the Albions had stronger chassis and metal bodies. Irlam's main business was the carriage of industrial coal (slurry) for the Central Electricity Authority.

Sfurry,.formerly a waste product, was now used in conjunction with other fuels at all the Authority's stations. As it was often extremely wet, special vehicles were required.

There had been a substantial increase in business, to the extent of £1,400 during the past year, of which £1,000 was for hiring, much of it to power stations outside the company's present permitted radius of 15 miles. Irlam's sought to extend this limit to 25 miles.

The objection by British Railways was withdrawn on the understanding that the increased radius should apply to slurry only.


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