Truck and bus depot drives major refurbishment

MAJOR INVESTMENT: General Manager Jim McPhillimey at the MC Truck and Bus Ltd depot in Test Lane, Southampton, which has been given a major overhaul and facelift

Major investment at a strategically-located truck and bus depot near the M27 at Southampton could lead to more jobs.

MC Truck & Bus Ltd is giving the Test Lane, Nursling, service and sales centre a major overhaul and facelift.

The privately-owned commercial vehicle supplier and service provider, which took over the purpose-built site in 1998, is recladding, refurbishing and investing heavily in the facility.

This follows additional work won by the busy service, support and parts depot, conveniently sited close to Southampton’s container terminal, creates a potential need for more technicians.

MC aftermarket director Nigel Brooks said: “We are giving the depot a complete facelift, including new signage, a remodelled reception and much-improved customer-facing areas.

“The depot – a fantastic purpose built facility – is a hugely important part of our business and it needs to look the part.

“We are now winning extra business and this, combined with the depot overhaul, could well lead to more positions for technicians.”

General manager of the Southampton depot, which offers commercial servicing and repairs, a 24-hour breakdown call-out and a host of specialist HGV and PSV services, is Jim McPhillimey.

He said: “Our on-site investment at Test Lane is wholly intended to improve our already exemplary service for customers and provide an enhanced environment for both staff and the public.”

MC Truck and Bus Ltd is the Volvo Truck and Bus and Isuzu Truck UK dealer for the south of England.

Rapid growth in the last few years landed the company a spot on the Financial Times’ list of Europe’s 1000 Fastest Growing Companies.

The independently-owned company – with origins as far back as 1968 – has eight depots across the south of England covering Essex, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset.

MC has also invested £250,000 in its own training school at its Maidstone, Kent, headquarters to ensure its technicians stay on top of changing technology and regulations – and provide the mechanics of the future.

  • Established in 1987 MC Group is a complete commercial vehicle solutions provider, with head office in Maidstone Kent. It is comprised of MC Truck and Bus Ltd and MC Rental Ltd.

MC Truck and Bus Ltd is the Volvo Truck and Bus and Isuzu Truck UK dealer for the south of England.

The company comprises nine locations covering Essex, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset. It offers a comprehensive range of services to the commercial vehicle industry, including new and used truck sales, servicing, repairs contract maintenance and preventive maintenance and parts.

MC Group has further expanded from a sales and service provider to become an overall asset management company, trusted by thousands of customers with their fleet needs, whatever the nature and size of their business.

MC Rental Ltd has a fleet of more than 3,000 vehicles, ranging from 4x4s, vans and temperature controlled vehicles to the largest HGVs.