Members of the Senedd, Tom Giffard MS, Sarah Murphy MS and Altaf Hussain MS, visited John Raymond Transport in Bridgend on Monday (24 October), to show their support for the Welsh road transport industry.
The trio joined RHA (Road Haulage Association) representatives for a tour of John Raymond Transport (now part of Nolan Transport), looking at their fleet of vehicles, meeting staff and learning about the role the business plays locally to keep shelves stocked.
The event marked the first day of National Lorry Week (24 – 30 October), an annual campaign that celebrates the people and businesses that keep our economy moving.
The campaign sees the RHA’s roadshow visiting schools and colleges across the UK to promote careers in the industry, as well as meeting with Government, operators and drivers, to showcase the essential role of road transport.
The RHA’s specially liveried National Lorry Week DAF XG lorry was also on display alongside John Raymond Transport vehicles.
Following the visit, Tom Giffard, MS for South Wales West and Shadow Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport, Tweeted:
“Good to be out and about this morning with @AltafHussainSWW as part of #NationalLorryWeek visiting John Raymond Transport in Bridgend. Our transport & logistics sector do some crucial work across the country and we need to do all we can to support them.”
Sarah Murphy MS, Welsh Labour Member of the Senedd for Bridgend, Tweeted:
“Thank you for inviting me, @JRTransportLtd and @TNLComFundWales! Wonderful to meet you all and I look forward to moving things forward for your vital, locally based business that is making a big difference for our country!”
RHA Managing Director, Richard Smith, said:
“We are delighted to have the support of the Members of the Senedd. The logistics industry is the lifeblood of our economy; just look around you, virtually everything you see has at some point been moved by a lorry.
“People in our industry have shown great resilience over the last couple of years in the face of huge challenges, from Brexit and the pandemic to driver shortages and energy costs.
“National Lorry Week is our opportunity to celebrate them and the great work they do.”
You can get involved and follow National Lorry Week on social media using the hashtag #NationalLorryWeek. To find out more, visit: www.nationallorryweek.co.uk