Hireco officially opened its new 5-acre truck park in DP World London Gateway in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, at the end of August 2018. This was to address the shortage of parking in the surrounding areas. Which are particularly lacking given the amount of HGVs regularly travelling through Essex and Kent.

The truck park is located just off the M25 and A13, London Gateway is obviously a hotspot for the transport industry. It isn’t exactly off the beaten track for trucks that have just arrived from the continent via Dover, either.

Hireco has been on a mission to swell its operations well beyond its staple trailer hire business.  In addition to the myriad of new initiatives mentioned in this publication, we have also expanded into transport facilities and are aiming to clean up the image of truck-stops.

Drivers looking for a quick stop can enter the park and take their obligatory 45-minute break without incurring any charges.

The Hireco Truck Park is open 24 hours a day. It has 170 spaces available on both an ad-hoc and contract-hire basis. Customers who opt for the latter will have payments processed automatically via an ANPR system. Which will bill account holders for the amount of time their vehicles remain on the premises, while the former pay on exit. Costs are £2 per hour for the first five hours, six to 24 hours are charged at a flat rate of £24.

Even better news is that the first hour is free. Drivers looking for a quick stop can enter the park and take their obligatory 45-minute break without any charges. Those staying for longer have the reassurance of a modern security system throughout the park. While drivers arriving over the weekend can take advantage of discounted rates and leave their vehicles in a secure location. Also, London’s West End is only a train ride away.

It offers a range of healthy meals and snacks and promises to feed up hungry drivers.

Hireco also views the initiative as an opportunity to revamp the image of the average truckstop. The park has a range of facilities, including male, female and disabled toilets, shower and shaving facilities. As well as plans to add AdBlue and tyre pressure top-up facilities and Wi-Fi throughout the premises that can be accessed in cabs. Our Essex head office is just down the road, which offers truck maintenance and repair as well as MoT and servicing.

A common gripe among the haulage community is the lack of culinary options on the UK’s motorway network. It’s a cliché, but burger vans and service station sandwiches are the easiest meals to come by. However, the park also has its own restaurant, which is known as Marlon’s Bistro On The Port. It offers a range of healthy meals/snacks and promises to feed up hungry drivers with top-quality tucker. Leaving them well-fed and nourished before they embark on their next journey.