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Barnsley-based KMS Transport is redeveloping its substantial general haulage site, and investing in future services and its workforce.

The site, the base depot for 70 vehicles, is being equipped with new offices, an HGV workshop and a testing station. The latter will ensure that the vehicles are well maintained with minimal downtime.

“We strive for a completely resilient service and that means compliant, roadworthy vehicles, which are back on the road as soon as possible. Those high standards are vital across our day-to-day operations. Our Rotherham TPN depot and warehouse has just been re-accredited to the BRC

AA standard,” says KMS business development manager Chris Deighan.

“We have also been investing in our drivers and trying to address the gender balance in order to bring new people into the industry,” he says. “We currently have two new female drivers who had C category licences and we are putting through their C+Es. Other female applicants are waiting to join us as Class 2 replacements.”

Despite the current challenges, he says, KMS staff have been superb and loyal, and customers have been fantastic. “Our clients have been very understanding and cooperative during all the issues UK supply chains have had.

“We’ve also had a big increase in sales enquiries, which suggests that companies are looking for a quality provider to work in partnership with them. This is a period where we all need to work together to deliver the best possible outcomes, and keep the UK economy moving.”

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