Allan Morris Transport and success through hard work and loyalty

Haydock Commercial Vehicles’ Deeside Trucks have just delivered another vehicle to Allan Morris Transport. The haulier marks their 125th anniversary with their 100th Scania truck.

It all began in 1893 with a flatbed steam waggon. It was used by Allan Morris for their removals as a coal merchant. It makes them one of the oldest transport companies in Europe. Next year will be their 125th anniversary and see them take their 100th Scania truck.

“It’s down to our customer base,” explains Allan Morris Transport’s Managing Director, Terry Axon. “Without their loyalty, we wouldn’t be here now. They supported us through tough times and made sure the name Allan Morris survived.”

Terry was only meant to be with Allan Morris Transport for two days. He was helping out as a driver, after leaving the army. “That was back in 1986 and I’m still here. I put it down to luck and hard work. We’ve been lucky since the beginning, and it’ll be a fantastic achievement to reach 125 years.”

Loyalty has played a huge part in the history of Allan Morris Transport. It’s the reason why they’re still going today. In 1973 they were one of over 100 companies bought by Amalgamated Anthracite Holdings. And they’re the only firm from that group still going.

“We’ve been with Scania since the start of Deeside Trucks in 1997,” says Terry. “We run a 100 percent Scania fleet and I can’t see this changing.”

The latest additions are two next generation Scania R 450 trucks. “Scania has done a brilliant job with the new trucks. They’ve listened to what the drivers want and delivered it. My toughest job is deciding who gets to drive them - they all want them. We have to put our drivers’ names in a hat and pick them out.”

Allan Morris Transport was one of the first hauliers in the UK to operate trailers with moving floors. “We can offer versatile transport for recyclable products and they’re an alternative to bulk tippers. We’ve never stood still and adapted our business to the needs of our customers.”