The Future of Driverless Haulage

  One interesting feature making news headlines at the moment is autonomous (driver-less vehicles). Vehicle manufacturers, determined to ‘drive’ forward the vehicle industry, are becoming increasingly competitive in meeting the challenge of bringing the next generation of vehicle to the market. Autonomous Vehicles now feature as part of Highways England’s Innovation Strategy 2016, which demonstrates the Government’s investment into the future of technology on our highways, which will almost certainly affect road haulage, Cheshire in the near future. Big companies, including Google are investing in driver-less programmes such as The Self Driving Car Project all the way back in...

The £150m Motorway Investment Plan

  Highways England has recently set out a plan to spend £150m on improving our road network and the way we use it. The innovation Strategy 2016 puts forward a detailed plan which will help our roads to keep pace with transport technology across the world between now and 2021. This is of course, going to change the nature of the road haulage, North West England, making it safer and more efficient. Delivering Innovation Highways England are looking to revolutionise the way that we use technology on our roads to support key priorities in the Road Investment Strategy 2015/16....

Vehicle revolution that will make road way sign maintenance easier and speed up haulage deliveries

Good news for haulage providers! A type of vehicle to help replace overhead signs on the roads is set to be used to lower the duration of roadworks, offering a saving of up to £4 million of the tax payers money per year – and meaning less time in traffic. The vehicle is modelled on the design of an aircraft catering vehicle that allows the loading of refreshments onto the vehicle, which is then lifted with use of a hydraulic scissor lift to the level by which it is required to make the maintenance change. While offering a huge saving,...

Technologies that could shape the future of haulage and logistics industry

The logistics and haulage industry has enjoyed a rapid change over time that has seen large developments through a series of time periods. It was not long ago that idea such as the internet of things, 3D printing and the potential for drone delivery was a mere fantasy. Here we take a quick look at some of the new technologies that have come into prominence and what it could mean for the the likes of all haulage companies from Cheshire to Cumbria – and supply chain industries. 3D Printing The idea of 3D printing has been in the heads of people...

A Brief History of Haulage in the UK

The British haulage industry has undergone much change over recent history. Here we have summarised some of the key information regarding the birth and early years of haulage in the United Kingdom. Picking up around the late 19th Century and at the time of the industrial revolution, steam engines were the most common way for haulage jobs to be undertaken. During this time, people wanted freedom to roam and access to these machines, though there were lots of rules, legislation and unproven systems that proved to be an obstacle for access. John Thornycraft built the first steam vehicle at...

Truckfest North West 2016: This Year’s Top Road Haulage Event!

This September 2016 there is a fantastic event arriving at the Cheshire Showground in Knutsford, where all truck enthusiasts can go along and enjoy what the weekend has to offer. Road haulage in North West England and Cheshire is growing and this event will showcase why it’s an industry to be involved in. Truckfest will host an array of attractions throughout the weekend including a great number of exhibitors, sponsors such as Close Brothers and the stars from the popular American series, Lizard Lick Towing. You will be able to enjoy the adrenaline packed show of the Swamp Thing Monster Truck....

Featuring in Transport Monthly Magazine

J Wood and Sons are pleased to have been featured in the Transport Monthly Magazine! Having spent 45 years in the industry offering services using mainly flat and extending trailers, J Wood and Sons has established a quality and recognised service used by a host of clients. With operation times running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we have developed huge experience and trust from our clients that has allowed the extended period of success. Transport Monthly is a magazine that details the latest news, ideas, transport information and deals within the industry, making it an important resource...

CornerEye Camera Monitor System: What is it?

Back in September we were introduced to the Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme; this meant that road haulage in North Wales and the UK travelling in and around London would require additional mirrors and safeguards. This provides improved visibility for drivers, with more comprehensive coverage of the blind spots on trucks. However, as time passes there have been more technological advancements to provide even better visibility for drivers. This provides the chance to spot and even record dangers and problems in front of a vehicle or adjacent to the kerb, such as a cyclist. Over two decades ago...

National Lorry Week 2015

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) represents a large proportion of the country’s truck operators and last week was on the campaign trail with a stand at the Conservative Party conference. This was to ensure that those in power are made aware of the state of Britain’s freight industry. In particular, great emphasis was placed on how hard a lorry driver’s job really is and how the chronic shortage of staff entering the HGV industry is a matter of deep concern. Road Haulage in North West England, as well as across North Wales, the rest of the UK and also...

Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme: What is it?

Road haulage in North West England, North Wales and other parts of the UK is continuously improving with funding support from the government, which we addressed in a recent post – Investment in the Haulage Sector for 2015-2020 – but there is also a new scheme being introduced, which goes live on 1st September 2015. This is the Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme, which will require almost all HGVs operating in the city of London to be fitted with additional mirrors and sideguards. This is being advised by the Freight Transport Association, but they have said that these...