About JR Adams

J R Adams started in the early 1930’s. The founder of the company Jakey Adams as he was known started with a horse and cart in the East End of Newcastle.

By the Mid 30’s the horse was replaced with a Model T Ford. Jakey was off and running .

He was joined in the company by Joe Bell and George Thomas . These two employees went on to over 100 years loyal service.

His fleet had reached double figures when Nationalized in 1947. During the following years Jakey used to drive vehicles in the BRS livery. Denationalization happened in 1955 and Jakey bought the fleet back from the government and was up and trading again.

He was joined in the business by his son Jimmy around this time and a larger premises in Fisher Street in Walker was acquired . With his son alongside him he was able to look after all maintenance issues with his son driving the business forward transporting Tin Plate , Steel,bacon and other foodstuffs which in those days were transported on flat vehicles.The company added curtain sider trailers, extender trailers, hiab and low-loaders to the fleet.

In 1988 the company moved to a new site off the A1 in Gateshead next door to the metro-centre. It is from this site that J R Adams currently operates and it incorporates over 16 acres and 160000 square foot of internal storage .

This includes one of the few remaining 50 tonne overhead cranes in the Newcastle area.The company opened its own ATF in 2015,a purpose built drive through vehicle testing facility.

The company is currently being run by the 3rd generation of Adams – James and John.

J R Adams currently operates 50 vehicles from its depots in Gateshead and Byker. Running 70 flat and 30 curtain-sided trailers along with 5 hiab vehicles we have one of the largest mixed fleets in the Tyne and Wear area.

Our wagons operate throughout the UK and are able to service most regions on a daily basis. We operate a modern fleet, maintained and serviced in house by our team of mechanics ensuring the wagons are as reliable and dependable as possible. Offering anything from a one off load to a full warehousing and distribution service we are capable of meeting all requirements and specifications.

J R Adams is ISO9001 approved and our vehicles are all fitted with the latest tracking and telematics systems meaning not only reduced CO2 emissions but also total transparency of wagon locations ensuring instant updates for our customers.

J R Adams pride itself on being able to offer an answer to any haulage problem. Whether the job is straight forward or requires a bespoke and unique solution. On our customer’s request we have designed custom trailers and wagons and have also ensured that our wagons are both Crossrail and FOR’S compliant meaning we can deliver to any site in the London area.

All vehicles are fitted with forward facing cameras and audible warning systems to ensure extra safety for the drivers and the public.


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