Machinery Transportation

Merritts offer numerous machinery transport options to ensure your heavy equipment gets to its destination safely. Whether this is transporting short distances as part of an internal factory production line machine move project or hundreds of miles to relocate machines to another factory, we are able to help.

Merritts specialise in providing fully managed and professional machinery transportation solutions in the UK and on a global basis. We work for many of the world’s leading machinery manufacturers as well as manufacturing companies that are expanding their facilities, relocating machines, altering production lines or decommissioning plants in the UK and overseas.

What does our approach look like?

Our approach begins with a site inspection to ascertain the project requirements and to ensure the heavy machinery can be lifted and transported safely, and in accordance with all health and safety legislation. This includes an assessment of any abnormal loads that may require a police escort or traffic regulation order.

Our fleet of vehicles helps us to provide customers with a transportation solution for any machinery moving project

Our trailers are pulled by new Mercedes, & Scania tractor units which are compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations. Our specialist fleet of trailers consist of:

  • 3 & 4 axle semi-low loaders carrying up to 60Te of heavy equipment
  • Crane trailers for cost effective machinery transport services
  • Ramped trailers for the transportation and easy loading of heavy lifting plant machinery
  • Rear steer trailers for long & wide load transportations
  • Curtain sided options to help protect your high value items from the elements
  • Extendable trailers designed specifically for the transportation of abnormal loads.
  • 600mm ‘wafer deck’ trailers for high and heavy loads

Our fleet of vehicles and equipment is stylishly liveried in our corporate colours and all operatives wear branded corporate workwear ensuring that the Merritts brand becomes an extension of your own.

All of our transportation trailers are equipped with their own specialist tackle box, and more complex projects will be supported by a tackle van. Each tackle van is fully equipped with a range of pull lifts, machine moving skates and jacks. There is also a wide range of slings capable of lifting a variety of machine weights. The van is also equipped with personal protection equipment including safety harnesses, lanyard restraints and fall arrest equipment.

Our global machinery transportation service includes:

  • Transportation of machinery to and from any UK or worldwide location
  • The organisation of sea or air freight plus handling of customs clearance documentation
  • A modern fleet of transport vehicles and specialist machinery and equipment to lift and move heavy machinery.
  • Full installation package with mechanical and electrical engineering services
  • Senior level account management and SSSTS qualified project team
  • Out our hours works schedule if required
  • Professional packaging services to protect high-value machinery and ensure its safe and undamaged arrival
  • Machinery storage and HMRC approved bonded warehousing

Merritts also utilise the following lifting plant to support their machinery transportation services:

  • Pick & carry cabin cranes with a lifting capacity up to 60Te
  • Versa-Lift fork trucks that can lift and carry machines of up to 36Te in weight
  • Remote-controlled lorry mounted cranes which can provide a lifting capacity up to 30Te
  • Hydraulic jacking systems operating up to 125Te
  • A variety of forklift trucks with jib capability and extension fork options

We also provide experienced Slinger Signallers, Banksmen and Appointed Persons.

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Our health and safety expertise

Merritts provide a comprehensive health and safety pack that is submitted to all customers for approval before removal or transportation works commence. This means that if our customers have any queries and would like to amend anything, the necessary changes can be implemented.

A method statement is provided for all works, which comprehensively explains how transportation works are to be carried out. We include SOP’s (safe operating procedures) for all plant machinery and equipment that is to be used in the project, as well as providing a full suite of training records for our operatives and inspection certification for any lifting plant equipment that is being utilised.

All of this information gives the companies we work with the confidence that their investments will be handled safely.

Whether the cargo you wish to transport is part of an internal machinery move, a factory relocationmachine removal or a new machinery install, everything is always planned to the finest detail to ensure your heavy equipment machinery is managed in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

We are pleased to be celebrating our 100 Year Anniversary

We are proud to announce that we are celebrating our 100th year as a company. Since 1922, it has been our goal to provide market leading services to our customers. Our policy of continuous investment in new vehicles, heavy lifting systems, specialist trailers and lifting tackle, as well as the ongoing training and development of our personnel ensures we remain at the forefront of the machinery transportation industry.

Manufacturers we have worked for include:


  • Rolls Royce
  • Doncasters Aerospace
  • Bentley
  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus
  • BMW
  • Toyota
  • Lockheed Martin