Operated in partnership with logistics company TNT at a site in Hackney, London, the new hub will service 16 mobile units initially and increase capacity to more than 30 within two months.
Up to 10 tyre hubs will be opened at critical geographical points across the country, each with feeder vans acting as a tyre stocking service. A further 18 smaller unmanned mini-hubs will be created in more remote areas, which fitter units will be able to access at any time of night or day all year round.
AA Tyre Fit General Manager, David Goodyear, says: “At present, we are able to meet our mobile tyre stock need from a variety of sources such as the national network of AA Service Centres and local wholesalers. However, as we grow, it is essential that we have a major infrastructure in place to provide the stock our mobile units need. Our stocking hub programme is the ideal solution. “
Goodyear says three-quarters of the network's needs will be met from these hubs and that a minimum of two deliveries of tyres will reach units each day. He adds that AA Tyre Fit is on track to have 170 mobiles in operation by September and 500 by 2005.