International movers GB Liners add four TGM 18.250s to 70-strong fleet and are pleased there is room for all their crew. Extra seating makes MAN TGM the first choice for removal firm.
An extra seat in the cab has proved to be a vital piece of kit for Hereford-based GB Liners and helped the firm make the decision to invest in four new vehicles for its fleet.
Managing Director Rob Bartup says the three-man cab design is a benefit to his business because it means the removals teams can travel together in one vehicle.
He said: “It is unusual for an 18-tonner to have three seats, but the TGMs do as standard and that is really useful for us.
“We have had the two-bunk sleeper pods installed and with the sleeper cab that means accommodation for three as well. That is useful when we are on European trips.”
The trucks have been sold through MAN Finance and are expected to cover 500,000km over their lifetime. Two will be based at GB Liners’ Brighton depot, working in and out of Switzerland, one in Hereford and one in Scotland, both operating throughout Europe to meet demand.
MAN sales executive Stuart Beamand added: “The TGM model’s three seats met the customer’s needs and we are delighted that they opted to take four of the vehicles to add to their fleet, which already has about 12 MAN vehicles. We look forward to working with them in the future and meeting their business needs.”
The modern business of GB Liners has grown out of a business established by the present Managing Director’s grandfather as Bartup’s Limited in Brighton in 1923.
In 1946, a small moving and storing business in Hereford was purchased from Trevor Williams and a new company was formed called Trevor Williams (Removers) Ltd. In 1972, a small business was purchased from Mr Roy Elliott in London and this became the foundation for the London branch. In 1976, Lalonde Limited in Bristol and Cheltenham was acquired. 1995 saw Greens Removals in Leeds acquired with a Cirencester branch opening in October 1996 from scratch. Similarly, the Altrincham/Manchester branch was established from a standing start in 1998. Then in 2003, parts of the International Moving Company were acquired bringing an additional branch in Cirencester together with ones in Edinburgh and Loughborough. Finally in July 2008, the Company expanded to Aberdeen by purchasing the McCormicks business.