London operator picks Volvo Tridem FM-410 for manoeuvrability around town

Garden supplies firm Thompsons of Crews Hill has taken delivery of its first Volvo Tridem FM-410, with another set to arrive at the Enfield-based firm in July.

The family firm, which delivers to landscaping firms and private homes in and around London, chose the Tridem FM-410 for its manoeuvrability and payload.

The eight-wheeler tipper has a brick grab and has been modified by bodybuilders Webbs of Sudbury in Suffolk to include a drop-side. It also comes with a rear-steer lift axle.

Thompsons of Crews Hill, which is a Fors member, also had Volvo fit the tipper with a nearside door window panel and a four-camera Brigade System to increase driver awareness of vulnerable road users.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus in Brimsdown in north London, the Tridem FM-410 has already been put through its paces by David Hatton, the firm’s transport manager.

He told Freightinthecity: “We did a lot of research before we decided on the Tridem FM-410 and it hasn’t disappointed us. It gets into anywhere a six-wheeler can get into, including all those really tight spaces, but it also has a much better payload and the same return on MPG.”

The company, which has a fleet of 10 trucks including some Mercedes and Dafs, took on its first Volvo two years ago.

Hatton added: “We like the Tridem so much we have ordered another one, which is arriving in the UK in July.”