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Hire of portable track repair and renewals equipment, trackside lighting and related support services.

Torrent Trackside’s business started in Rugeley, Staffordshire, in 1973 as a small tool hire company and its initial involvement in the rail industry commenced in 1995 when the company purchased its first rail specific plant.

Rail activities expanded quickly and in 1997 Vp plc (then Vibroplant plc) purchased the company and embarked on a major development programme to make Torrent the only dedicated rail portable plant hirer with a national depot network. Soon afterwards, the company moved to its existing head office in Lichfield and now operates from depots in Bolton, Bristol, Canning Town, Glasgow, Harlow, Lichfield and Rotherham providing true national coverage.

Further expansion of the business over the last 12 months has driven the need for Torrent to expand its geographical footprint across the UK and also look at new, larger facilities to replace some of the existing depots. In the coming weeks, Torrent will move from its current location at Harlow to a larger facility in Tottenham bringing the company closer to its customer base in London.

Torrent is also moving from its current Rotherham site to a new 13,000 sq ft facility to support the incredible expansion seen in the area. Further expansion of the depot network is planned before the end of 2011 via locations in Carlisle and Durham. Both these facilities will be shared with Vp plc sister business Hire Station and other locations are currently being reviewed by the business.

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