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Haulage Job Concerns

CONCERNS over the future of 120 jobs in Stranraer were raised this week after haulage firm Dukes were bought by rivals Montgomery Transport.

The takeover was completed last week and follows a decision by Dukes chiefs Ronnie and Winston Duke to retire from their business.

Following a Transport Commission tribunal last year, the brothers were banned from holding goods vehicle licenses. They are currently appealing against the decision. Now, fresh doubts over Dukes future in Stranraer have arisen with news of a takeover by one of their major rivals.

A spokesman for Dukes said:

"Ronnie and Winston are pleased that their business has been acquired by another Northern Ireland-based company.

"They are confident that all Dukes customers will continue to receive a high standard of service and have offered to assist in any way possible to ensure a smooth handover."

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