Caldicot-based Hicks Logistics gave an interview to BBC Wales recently, emphasising the importance to Welsh logistics of the new plans for an M4 relief road. Transport manager Simon Hicks says the company, like many others in the region, loses thousands of pounds a year in time and diesel because of the heavy congestion on the M4 between Cardiff and the Severn Bridge.
The M4 relief road was first proposed in 1991 but a variety of obstacles, financial and political, have prevented its construction. Now the Welsh government has once again tabled a consultation on the project.
Hicks told BBC Wales: “I’ll believe it when I see the diggers break ground. We have been here before and the project, which is expected to cost £1bn, has been halted. It would have huge value to the UK economy and the people of Wales, commercially and socially.”
Hicks Logistics brought 40 years of haulage experience to TPN when it joined in 2016. The family firm which runs 85 vehicles and has a turnover of £12m says the network will raise service levels for its customers.
Hicks moved from another pallet network to join TPN to gain a smaller delivery area, which he says also improves costs and service times. “Having a more manageable delivery area means we can do a better job on those deliveries. Like everyone else, we are seeing an increase in home deliveries and these bring organisational challenges we need to meet.”
Hicks also does general haulage, Hiab and Moffett deliveries and plant hire.
Caption: Hicks shows of the first Scania V8 in Wales
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