When Rochdale AFC needed to replace their pitch mid season they needed a quick solution, and turned to HTF transport for help!
Chief Executive Russ Green made contact with HTF Transport on the Thursday afternoon for assistance. By Thursday night the same day, a complete schedule to transport 22 loads of turf from County Turf Scunthorpe had been put in place. This particular job was time sensitive, as HTF Transport had to liaise with a dedicated turf laying team flying in from Holland and Premier Pitches. To add to the pressure. there were 2 matches scheduled the same weekend, Rochdale AFC vs Charlton Athletic and a game for Rochdale Hornets vs Hull Kingston Rovers on the Sunday.
The job started early on the Monday morning, with the first vehicles leaving Oldham at 4am to get to the fields for 7am. We organized a fleet of 45ft articulated vehicles, loading every 30 minutes which resulted in the first load arriving at the Crown Oil Arena at 11am. The team from Holland worked alongside HTF transport, and staff from Rochdale F.C. throughout the day.
On day 1, a total of 13 loads arrived at the ground, coming in at a total weight of 351 tonnes of turf. A great team effort from all involved but that was only 1/2 the job, there was still another 9 loads that needed to be delivered!
On day 2, with another early start, the HTF team headed back to the fields for a second day of shifting turf. Moving a total on the second day a total of 243 tonnes. This job took lots of planning and hard work from the drivers, maximizing their driving breaks to get 2 loads in each day. That was a total of 594 tonnes!!!
This could not have been done without the hard work from all the drivers at HTF transport and the third party contractors that helped make this happen, alongside the team from Rochdale F.C. Hopefully the new pitch will spur Rochdale AFC onto a successful end to their 2016-2017 season and provide a platform for Rochdale Hornets to entertain all that come to watch at the Crown Oil Arena in their 2017 season. From all at HTF Transport, good luck!!!!!