Haulage firm to return to park

RETURN: Neil Bowker
RETURN: Neil Bowker
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A haulage firm boss has said it expects to return to its former base torn apart by a huge fire.

Neil Bowker, managing director of WH Bowker which has its head office in Bamber Bridge, said it hoped to move into the new warehouse units being developed at the Lancashire Business Park in Farington, Leyland.

It was the scene of one of the biggest fires in Lancashire for a decade in December when the haulage firm’s premises was destroyed.

Work is expected to start next month on building three new units with a view to companies relocating.

Mr Bowker said: “We have another 12 months to run on our lease, but the location is very attractive to us.

“It is well-located to all the major motorways and for our local workforce, so it ticks all the boxes.

“The new building will be a modern fit-out and probably far more fit for purpose than the building the one we had originally.”

Owners Lancashire County Council secured planning permission last month to build to build three new buildings totalling 36,000 sq m to replace the 42,000 sq m.

H Parkinson Haulage which also had a large warehouse destroyed in the blaze has said it is also in talks about returning.

Mr Bowker has also welcomed moves by the Government to hold its planned 3p per litre hike in fuel tax.

He said feared the rise could add millions to the fuel bill of its fleet.

The boss said: “The increase would have been absolutely colossal for us.

“The price of fuel seems to be falling at the moment and that benefits the general motorist, and our customers as well.

“If our fuel bill is dropping, we are able to drop the price for our services to our customers.”

WH Bowker also has bases in Hull, East Yorkshire and Zebrugge in Belgium.