Quay Transport Ltd – Liverpool First Class Bulk Liquid Transport within Great Britain
First Class Bulk Liquid Transport within Great Britain

About Us

Brief History


Approaching its first centenary, the  Company was established in 1920 by Mr James Kirkby as a coal and fruit transporter. It developed into general transport from its former South Liverpool base until Mr Kirkby’s grandson, Gary  assumed control in 2000, when his father James retired. New premises at a convenient North Liverpool location were occupied in 2002

Since becoming Managing Director, Gary has concentrated on modernising and developing the business by constantly updating the fleet of vehicles and trailers. Today, he leads one of the foremost bulk liquid transport operations in Northern England.

A keynote of Gary’s tenure has been the introduction of the now mature Quality Management System  ISO9001, which guides every aspect of the business. In addition, the Company has consistently gained above average scores in the European Chemical Industry led “Safety, Quality and Sustainability” assessment (SQAS).

With a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, the Company, inter alia, ensures all employees are properly trained, treated fairly, with their professionalism respected. Many of the driving staff have in excess of 15 years service.

Quay Transport controls its business using the sophisticated “Haultec” computer system. Haultec controls and records all traffic movements through booking, allocation to vehicle and driver, issuing proof of delivery and producing invoices. In addition, maintenance and defects are controlled by the system.

Managing Director: Gary Kirkby   gary@quaytransport.co.uk

Gary,  the third generation family member to own and lead the Company is aged 50, married to Tracy and has two  daughters.   He became involved in the transport industry as a youngster of 10 when he was allowed to  ” help” his father check vehicles on weekends and holidays. As soon as he was able to Gary became fully involved in the Company, including hands-on driving, operations and maintenance experience.

With 40+ years of training and experience, Gary has a thorough knowledge of every sector of the industry.  In addition to overall responsibility he,  personally looks after marketing and sales, vehicle, trailer and other acquisitions.

Director & General Manager : Lee Woolrich   lee.woolrich@quaytransport.co.uk

Lee Woolrich. General Manager

Lee has more than 25 years experience in the transport industry. Joining Quay Transport in 2002 he has built up an in-depth knowledge of bulk liquid transport and meeting customer needs.

Company Secretary & Accounts Manager: Dawn Woolrich dawn@quaytransport.co.uk


Quality Manager: Tracy Kirkby tracy@quaytransport.co.uk

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Lead Operations / Administration : Mark Wooliscroft mark@quaytransport.co.uk

Operations & Administration: Josh Draper josh@quaytransport.co.uk

Trainee: Will Crosthwaite

Driver Trainer: Stephen Crane

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Accounting:  Abrahams Ashton Ltd (David Williams)

Quay Transport has had a long relationship with Abrahams Ashton Ltd, who produce monthly and annual accounts, plus management advice.

Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser

As the Company transports a considerable tonnage of dangerous goods it has appointed a qualified DGSA in compliance with UK and European regulations for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods.

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