TPN will open its new Northern Hub in Walton Summit near Preston on 16 March.
The Hub will initially take almost 1,000 pallets a night which both originate in and are destined for delivery in the North. Twenty-eight of the networkâ€™s 100+ Members will participate. TPN MD Mark Duggan says this will be good for trunk timings and service delivery targets, as well as allowing greater growth in the network as a whole.
â€œOur Midlands Hub in Sutton Coldfield [pictured] is the busiest single-shed central night operation in the sector,â€ he says. â€œThe Northern Hub will not only improve our operation overall but future proofs the business against the strong growth we are seeing in pallet volumes.â€
TPNâ€™s Midlands-based Hub currently handles 13,000 pallets a night. The network has seen strong double-digit growth through January and February of this year.
â€œMembers are already reporting interest in using the Northern Hub from new accounts,â€ says Duggan. â€œThis offers operational efficiencies and widens our offering for Northern customers. There is also great scope for inter-regional growth, along with saving of hundreds of thousands of unnecessary transport miles per year.â€
The chosen location is a 300,000 square foot site which is operated by long-time TPN Member FDC Holdings.
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