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FREIGHTLINER reckons that it it on to a winner with LeapfroE services for hauliers.
GKN Lincoln Electric, based ir Welwyn Garden City, Hert. fordshire, and with customers at far north as Glasgow and Edin burgh, operates it.
Brian Phillips, transport man ager, is quoted in Freightline, News as •saying: "Leapfroc gives us complete control o: containers."
How does it work? "Briefly the routine is that we make container delivery with our owr vehicle and our own driver," h( says.
"He then picks up a rail-born( container from the neares Freightliner terminal, pre-loade( in drop order, and goes on t( make as many deliveries am pickups as necessary.
"In theory, a vehicle nee( never return to base empty. Ir fact, a vehicle on a 1,200 mile: round trip does only 140 of thosr miles empty — a big reduction."
A typical week looks like this Monday: GKN vehicle leave: Welwyn Garden City, loaded, fo Glasgow. Tuesday: AM Deliver: in Glasgow. Collects loaded con tamer from Freightliner's Glas gow terminal. Delivers in Edin burgh. PM Collects loade( container from Freightliner': Edinburgh terminal for deliver in Newcastle. Wednesday: De livers in Newcastle. Collect: loaded container at Freightlin er's Newcastle terminal for loca deliveries. When empty, collect: load of pallets for return b■ Freightliner to Welwyn Garde! City via Stratford terminal Thursday: Collects loaded con tamer from Freightliner': Stockton terminal for delivery ir Sheffield. Friday: Collect: loaded container fron Freightliner's Leeds terminal fo delivery in Nottingham, the' home to Welwyn Garden City.