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Yorkshire hub reflects economic confidence by outperforming national growth

Walkers Transport, operators of the Palletways Northern Hub in Leeds has revealed that the strong performance it has seen over the past 12 months is a good indication of recovery in economic growth and a renewed confidence in the region and the North of England as a whole.

This was the message that emerged from the Palletways Network meeting that took place this week (Thursday, 1 May) at Walkers Transport Morley offices, and was attended by the palletised freight networks northern members including H&M Distribution Ltd and Hastings Freight Ltd.

Since it opened its doors in November 2012, the 60,000 square foot facility has almost doubled the number of pallets it processes every 24-hours, saving over one million driving miles over the last 12 months alone. Now one in every five pallets distributed through the Palletways network is done through the Northern Hub clearly indicating a strong marketplace, and outperforming the rest of the UK as a whole.

Graham Short, Managing Director at Walkers Transport said: "We’ve seen good growth in recent months despite challenging economic conditions. At Walkers we continually look to improve our operations and how we can continue to provide outstanding service to our customers. Naturally this outlook extends to the network."

"The Northern Hub allows Palletways to provide an increased service offering for its members and customers. These include delivery performances such as late order times for next day delivery which is a critical factor when deciding who to buy from. The likes of Next and other retailers who offer a next day delivery services have directly impacted onto the palletised delivery network and the Northern Hub is key to being able to provide this service to our customers."

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