Long-established UK logistics company, Fagan & Whalley, based in Padiham, Lancashire, is celebrating becoming the first operator in the UK to have at least one of each Scania model in the fleet.
Following a substantial restructure which took place earlier this year to facilitate their plans for further growth and expansion, the company has continued to make significant investments into the team and the fleet, and is now the only haulier in the UK, and perhaps even in Europe, to have Scania L, P, G, R and S-cab configurations out on the roads.
“It’s quite exciting, really,” says Fagan & Whalley Operations Strategy Director, Daniel Wood. “It isn’t something we deliberately set out to achieve, but a core part of our philosophy has always been to invest regularly in our fleet – to improve safety, boost efficiency, minimise our environmental impact, and ensure our drivers are happy in their work. Upon reviewing our operations and the vehicles being released by Scania, we decided it was the right time to introduce the new L-cab to the fleet.
“Each cab is designed for a specific purpose, and this is something we have always taken into account when it comes to managing our fleet. The new L-cab is one of the safest on the road and serves really well as an urban delivery vehicle, which definitely meets our current needs.
“In terms of the rest of the fleet, we have over 170 vehicles in total. We’ve just added one P-cab, we have several G-cabs, both rigids and tractor units, over 50 R-cabs, and a few S-cabs, which feature as our flagship vehicles and are usually awarded to our longest-serving drivers. The first S-cab to be incorporated into the fleet was purchased back in 2017 as part of our 90th anniversary celebrations and named Doris, after the mother of two of our Directors. We have plans to purchase several more Scania S-cab vehicles in the coming months, all of which will be given to long-serving drivers.
“Our P-cab rigid vehicle is employed in our long-distance distribution operations, whilst our G-cab tractor units are our 24-hour runners, used on local deliveries throughout the day and then used for trunking to the Palletforce hub through the night.
“The Scania R-cab is our standard long-distance fleet vehicle, and we’ve found that it remains to be the best vehicle available for general operations.
“The Fagan & Whalley brand, heritage, and image are all really important to us, and our drivers are equally invested in ensuring the image is maintained and the vehicles are kept looking their best while out and about on the roads of the UK.
“To be the first UK haulier to acquire at least one of every Scania model is, we hope, a reflection of the way we approach our operations and the value we place in our philosophy of continuous investment and improvement.”
Fagan & Whalley has been providing transport and distribution services to clients across the UK for almost 100 years. Informed by the hard work of six generations of Fagans, today, the company prides itself on being a truly modern logistics provider, offering a first-class service with high-quality vehicles and equipment, and a dedicated team that strives to support clients in every aspect.