Lymm Truckwash celebrates first birthday after taking care of HGV drivers during pandemic

LYMM Truckwash is celebrating a successful first year on its new site after supporting the essential HGV industry throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The site remained open throughout lockdown and played a vital part in relaying to the government the facilities that delivery drivers needed. These HGV heroes are now invited to the truck wash's first birthday party on October 14.

Managing director, Laura Cardwell, said: "At the beginning of the pandemic everything was shutting down, including service stations which provide vital food and rest stops for our HGV drivers, our 'HGV Heroes'. "I worked alongside Richard Burnett, CEO of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) by speaking to my customers as they came into the wash to find out what they were in desperate need of - at this point, some couldn't even find anywhere open to take a toilet break. "Richard and the RHA were then instrumental in the re-opening of facilities for our HGV heroes.

"We are not just a truck wash, we offer a warm welcome and since March, we've given out nearly 10,000 free teas, coffees and biscuits to our HGV heroes, along with magazines and air fresheners. "We have also set up a separate driver toilet to ensure they can always take a welfare break when they visit the truck wash." Extra precautions have been implemented on site, including social distancing measures, regular handwashing and cleaning of communal facilities.

Full PPE clothing for staff and a contactless payment system were already in place. Laura added: "The new site has been really well-received by customers and it's been a pleasure to serve essential workers throughout the pandemic. "The logistics industry has kept the country stocked during the pandemic and they needed looking after.

"Our aim is to keep the trucks on our roads as clean as possible. "Truck washing is a crucial service and it is a safety and legal requirement for HGVs to be clean - lights and number plates especially." Chris Slowey, MD of international transport and logistics firm, Manfreight, said: "Manfreight would like to thank Lymm Truckwash for their tireless service throughout the past year.

"We've all been facing big challenges but the team at Lymm Truckwash have continued to provide a fantastic, reliable and no-contact service to keep our drivers safe and road-ready." The Lymm site is hosting an open day on November 19 for drivers, transport managers and company owners to see the wash in action. Lymm Truckwash is open Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 11.30am.

To find out more, visit lymmtruckwash.co.uk.

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