NCL opens first new-style depot
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• The first completely new service station built by National Carriers Ltd was opened at Shrubb Hill. Worcester, last week, by Mr H. Kinsey, managing director of the company. The new station replaces several smaller old buildings and is conveniently sited adjacent to the NCL freight depot at Shrubb Hill Station.
The depot provides an area of 8000 sq ft and includes eight maintenance bays, four of these with fluorescentiy illuminated inspection pits, and within the same building are a paint shop, washing area, stores, offices and staff amenities. Equipment includes Tecalernit automatic lubrication dispensers in all four pits, a Laycock 8-ton vehicle hoist, and an Epco pit jacking beam with twin jacks. At present a staff of one foreman and 12 fitters are employed to maintain a fleet of 200 vehicles and trailers which provide a collection and delivery service over an area of 100 square miles.
Every type of maintenance and repair, including bodywork, is carried out by NCL staff, outside sources being relied upon only for spares. A night shift is to be operated in the near future on routine maintenance and small repairs.
Opening the new service station. Mr Kinsey said that the Worcester depot was the first of several such establishments planned by NCL, others already in the course of construction were at Wolverhampton, Redruth. Maidstone, Horsham and Lincoln.