SWEDEN'S ambassador to the UK opened Bridgwater's brand new service centre for Scania Bridgwater this week.

Torbjörn Sohlström joined local transport operators, Scania Bridgwater customers, local dignitaries and representatives from Scania's Milton Keynes headquarters for the official opening on Wednesday, December 5.

The three-acre site, which employs 27 staff, is based near junction 23 of the M5.

Facilities include 11 work bays, a purpose-built recycling centre, as well as secure parking for 42 HGV’s and 51 cars.

A total of £5.3m has been invested in the site, which will provide a full range of all-makes servicing, repair, maintenance and parts services along with new and used truck sales.

Managing director of Scania (Great Britain) Limited, Martin Hay, said: “This opening is especially personal for me, as I was involved with the very first opening of Bridgwater in September 1995.

"I’m extremely proud to see how it has developed. It shows that through loyal customers and dedicated staff just what can be achieved.

"We have every confidence that Scania Bridgwater will continue to provide a fantastic service in the future.”

Scania Bridgwater general manager, Nigel Champion, added: “Our new location will enable us to continue to achieve the high levels of customer service that we are associated with.

"The new location will provide more space for vehicles to manoeuvre and reduce congestion and enable us to not only keep up with service demand, but grow the business too.”