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Truck and Track

Winter 2018



In response to growing market demand, a leading UK logistics

operator has announced a new daily freight service from

Northern Ireland to continental Europe - filling a gap in the

market for exporters wanting fast freight delivery.

Europa Road is the European road freight division of leading

logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group and has opened a new

branch office in Belfast to support this major expansion of this new


The new venture, created for exporters and importers, will provide

for the first time, daily fixed round trip linehaul services from

Northern Ireland to the rest of Europe via Europa’s £30million

state-of-the-art 1hub facility in Dartford.

The Belfast branch is based at Adelaide House, Hawthorn Business

Park, 1 Falcon Road, and will be led by Branch Manager Dan

Rodgers, as part of a team of four. The new service will support the

success of the import and export market for goods across Northern


This latest development will play an important part in Europa’s

growth strategy and this is the operator’s first investment into

Northern Ireland.

Dionne Redpath, Sales Director, said: “This is an exciting

development for Europa Road and I’m thrilled that we’re growing

into Northern Ireland to support local manufacturers. There

is currently a lack of quality daily outbound connectivity from

Northern Ireland into mainland Europe.

“It’s a massive opportunity for customers to access a service that

enables shipments to collect today, ship that evening and arrive

into Dartford 1hub the next working day for onward connection to

Europe on one of our 30 daily departures.”

Europa’s chosen distribution partner to support the new service

is transport and logistics company Liam Connelly, a family-run

business based in County Fermanagh.

The company has grown over the last 37 years and now operates

from a 135,000 sq ft purpose-built facility in Lisnaskea. Liam

Connolly has built up an enviable reputation for quality and

customer service and has unparalleled coverage right across


Darren Connelly, Managing Director, comments: “We’re delighted

to be working closely with Europa on their new daily service into

continental Europe. They are an innovative operator and this is a

great fit for us. We’re looking forward to a successful partnership

and the growth of this new service to support businesses across

Northern Ireland.”

Dionne added: “Liam Connelly are well known to many businesses

in Northern Ireland and we’re delighted to be working together on

this new venture. The company provides a fantastic service, their

IT offering is second to none, and their values and care for their

customers fits nicely with our ethos.”

All Europa Road services will be available at the newBelfast branch,

including the pioneering MBX (Money Back Express), which offers

Europa customers a full refund of freight charges in the event that

the business fails to deliver to the customer’s defined and agreed

transit time.

In the last five years, Europa has doubled in size, with the business

achieving its strongest financial position in its 50-year history.

This is largely due to the crucial investments it has made, and

the opening of the Northern Ireland branch will undoubtedly

contribute towards the company’s continuing success.

As well as its road freight services, Europa also provides dedicated

air & sea, warehouse and showfreight services. The business’

turnover exceeded £144m at the end of 2017 and is on track to

exceed £200m by the end of 2018. The business operates 14 sites

across the UK, Hong Kong and Belgium and is represented in 100


Dionne Redpath and Northern Ireland team

Boost to Irish exporters - daily delivery to Europe

DKV Euro Service customers can nowuse their DKV CARD to pay

for fuel and vehicle-related accessories at 150 additional Aral

stations in Germany. The supply network of DKV in Germany

nowincludes 13,200 stations,whichequals anetwork coverage

of around 92%. The Aral stations can be found both via the DKV

APP and the complimentary route planner DKVMAPS.

“It’s our aim to offer our customers the highest service levels in the

industry. A high network coverage of stations where the DKV CARD

can be used is an important part of this strategy,” says Neil White,

TeamManager UK at DKV Euro Service. “With these additional 150

conveniently located Aral stations we have been able to further

increase the attractiveness of our supply network.”

DKV Euro Service expands supply network

in Germany

150 additional Aral stations added to the DKV supply network

- coverage increases to 92%