John Raymond Transport

ISO 39001: Road Traffic Safety Management System

25/05/2022 09:53 AM


We are delighted to announce that we have achieved ISO 39001: Road Traffic Safety Management System

FORS Gold 2022

24/05/2022 11:58 AM

 We did it again ! 

We are delighted to announce we have kept our FORS Gold accreditation for another year

We Are Proud To Have Received The Green Dragon Certificate For Another Year

14/04/2021 09:10 AM


Logistics UK Logistics Awards 2020 Finalist

10/09/2020 12:21 PM



 We are delighted that we have been named as a finalist in the LERS Leadership in Emissions Reduction category in the 2020 Logistics UK Logistics Awards. 

FORS Gold 2020

16/06/2020 12:04 PM

We did it again ! 

We are delighted to announce we have kept our FORS Gold accreditation for another year

Green Dragon Environmental Standard

01/04/2020 04:08 PM

Watts Truck & Van: Focus on John Raymond Transport

28/11/2019 08:20 AM

We got a great write up from Watts Truck & Van


The company has, in many ways, reflected the wider UK economy with the earlier years being dominated by heavy manufacturing, and in particular, the steelworks of South Wales. The company built on their experience and have gone on to service a wide range of customers that include retailers, food and drink manufacturers, and paper and building material specialists.
In September 2016, John Raymond Transport was acquired by Irish based transport company, Nolan Group. Founded more than 50 years ago, Nolan Group has grown to be one of Europe’s leading transport companies by scale and the shared resources and synergies within the group has added strength and resilience to John Raymond Transport.
With over 485 transportation units carrying more than 50,000 loads annually it is important for the company to have reliable, cost effective vehicles. And for more than 25 years, John Raymond Transport have been using mainly DAF vehicles to ensure they get the performance and returns they need.
Whilst using both Swansea and Cardiff Watts Truck & Van the main relationship was originally with the Cardiff site. However, Nolan Group have historically used the Swansea depot, and so following their acquisition of John Raymond Transport, the relationship with the Swansea depot has also grown, particularly at group level.
Talking recently about why the company uses Watts Truck & Van, Chief Operating Officer Geraint Davies said “We use Watts Truck & Van for the DAF product, the backup and support. Watts are focused, pragmatic and forward thinking. We have a very good working relationship and Watts certainly have a can do attitude.”
With more than 22 million km driven annually, vehicle performance and driver comfort is high on the list of priorities for the business. The majority of the fleet is now DAF as other truck brands have been replaced over the years. DAF XFs are the majority with some CFs in the fleet too. 
Talking about why they use DAF vehicles Geraint said “We’re an asset based business and we see that DAF vehicles give us several good years’ service. They are good value for money as they have a great whole life cost. The vehicles are robust and proven and the  overall performance of the DAF vehicles is great. Our driver feedback is good too, particularly with the XF. The drivers like the space and functionality in the cab, it’s very intuitive”
“The reason we use DAF and the Watts dealership” said Geraint, “is the product. The product is great and it’s got good back up. We have a good level of service at dealer level and that’s backed up by DAF.  Our relationship with Watts is very positive, particularly with the day to day contact. That contact with the service and parts desks is imperative for a successful relationship. They also undertake all the annual testing of our tractor units and trailers at their ATF facility.” 
The new Watts premises in Swansea has also been a big hit with John Raymond Transport and Nolan Group. “It’s a fantastic facility” said Geraint. “State of the art with all the facilities you would expect of a modern main dealer.”
With the emphasis on reducing emissions, John Raymond Transport are keeping an eye on the developments with current trials involving electric vehicles. The DAF CF electric vehicles are mainly being used for shorter, inland journeys and whilst they may well become part of future urban life across Europe, unfortunately for many long distance hauliers, electric alternatives are unlikely to be available any time soon, if at all.
“The current electric vehicles being tested wouldn’t really be suitable for our operations.” said Geraint “but we’re all duty bound to reduce our carbon footprint. If DAF electric vehicles come into operation that could meet our needs, then, or course, we would consider them.”
 John Raymond Transport; for more information visit our website
 ● Established 1945
● Over 250 professional employees
● Over 485 Transportation Units
● Over 50 thousand loads annually
● Over 22 million km driven annually
● Over 350 thousand sq feet of warehousing


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FORS Gold 2019

06/09/2019 09:27 AM

We are delighted to announce we have kept our FORS Gold accreditation for another year

Nolan Groups Visit With An Taoiseach Leo Varadakar

04/07/2019 05:42 PM

Nolan Group’s director Richard Nolan was involved in a meeting with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on 28th June discussing the opportunities and our commitment to the dynamic Manchester region.

Green Dragon Environmental Standard

19/10/2018 03:33 PM

Disability Confident Committed

11/10/2018 03:31 PM

New job for Dale

09/10/2018 09:36 AM

Dale, a former soldier who was injured while serving in Afghanistan, will be starting a new job on Monday 8th October with support from The Poppy Factory.

Dale said: “I am really excited to be starting a new job next week, my first since 2013.

“Growing up, I always loved cars so after school, I went to college to study mechanics. I applied for the Army and ended up serving nine years as a Guardsman/Drummer in the Welsh Guards. But in 2009, I drove over an IED in Afghanistan.

“I had serious head injuries, broke my spine in three places my left leg was amputated. I had rehabilitation for two and a half years at Hedley court and was finally discharged in 2013. It was a very difficult time but the thought of my partner, who is now my wife, and children, kept me going.

"Then I contacted The Poppy Factory and started talking to Natalie, the Employment Consultant for South West Wales. I told her I wanted to work with vehicles, maybe in a driving capacity, but I wasn’t sure if it would be possible with my back.”

“The Poppy Factory secured funding for me to complete my Driver Certificate of Professional Competence from the Army Benevolent Fund. I already held my Class 2 licence but needed to do my Class 1 as it was going to be the most suitable type of driving role for me. Natalie sourced a training provider and worked with Tom Hall from Blesma who provided the funding which I passed with flying colours!

“Within a week of getting my Class 1 licence, Natalie introduced me to Jeff Williams, a Transport Manager at John Raymond Transport Ltd, who she had met at a local jobs fair. We went to visit the company site for a tour and find out more about employment opportunities.

“I was offered a job and am starting on Monday 8th October. I couldn’t be happier.”

Jeff at JRT (part of the Nolan Group), said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have Dale joining us. It is a pleasure to give someone like Dale a chance in life that he thoroughly deserves. With the correct training, Dale will be a massive asset to our company.”

Good luck Dale!


Safe Urban Driving Course

19/09/2018 10:07 AM

Nolan Transport & JRT Truck Drivers during training for Safe Urban Driving course that was done at out Bridgend depot in September 2018.

With the ever increasing number of cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists on our roads, it is essential that HGV and PSV drivers understand and are able to operate safely and reduce the risks of driving in today's busy urban environments.

The Safe Urban Driving course focuses on how fleet drivers share our cities' streets safely with the most vulnerable road users. There is a particular emphasis in the course on cyclists and includes a practical 'on-road' cycle training module to give drivers a 'real life' experience of a cyclist's perspective. To find out more about this course you can visit

FORS Gold 2018

10/08/2018 01:00 PM

We are delighted to announce we have kept our FORS Gold accreditation for another year

Nolan Group’s John Raymond Transport honoured for lowering emissions

21/05/2018 08:00 PM

Bridgend, South Wales based John Raymond Transport Limited, part of Wexford’s Nolan Group, was recently honoured with the Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS) Leadership in Emissions Reduction award 2018 sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres for its work in lowering the emissions from its 135-unit strong vehicle fleet.
The award, previously known as the LCRS Award, is given to the logistics organisation which, in the opinion of a panel of industry expert judges, has made the most significant step in reducing its impact on the environment during the past twelve months.
 “In a field of exceptional entries for this year’s Leadership in Emissions Reduction Award, John Raymond Transport’s system to cut its emissions stood out for its comprehensive approach which covers all areas of the business,” stated Becki Kite, Environmental Policy Manager at FTA.  “By constantly innovating, and exploring new ways of operating, John Raymond Transport has ensured that its emissions levels have been reduced significantly in the past twelve months and has committed to lowering them further moving forwards.”
The John Raymond Transport system employs real-time tracking of freight drivers to enable fleet managers to minimise empty running, and rewards drivers on a point-based system to improve their driving behaviours. Trials of gas-powered LNG and biofuel vehicles have been undertaken in the past year, which have formulated plans for new vehicle acquisition when suitable 6×2 chassis architecture becomes available.
“Minimising the impact of our business on the environment is a key focus for everything we do,” commented Geraint Davies of John Raymond Transport. “We are delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award for our efforts.  In addition to the driver system, we are committed to using alternative modes including short sea lanes and rail where reasonably practical and will be investigating ways to add alternative, efficient modes of transport into our offer whenever possible in the future.”
 The LERS Award 2018 was presented to Geraint Davies from John Raymond Transport by Ian Davies of Bridgestone Tyres at this year’s FTA Multimodal Awards Dinner, held at the NEC in Birmingham.  Other finalists recognised for their emissions reduction work were Greggs, Sainsbury’s and the John Lewis Partnership.


Nolan Group acquires John Raymond Transport Limited

07/09/2016 08:00 PM

We are pleased to announce today, the acquisition of John Raymond Transport Limited, a long established UK Based Transport, Warehousing & Distribution Company with operating centres in Bridgend, Cannock and Swindon.
John Raymond Transport Limited, a business having 63 years of experience, will be now be part of the Nolan Group. Together with the Nolan Groups 50 plus years of experience this gives us over a century combined years of experience. This presents new opportunities for both businesses to complement each other and provide customers with other services and opportunities to further grow their businesses with us.
This acquisition will help our organisation to continue its growth within the UK. We welcome John Raymond Transport Limited to the Nolan Group.

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