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About Us2020-07-06T15:03:46+01:00

We at Jakto Transport and Excavations, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire are No 1 for Bulk Earthworks, Site Clearance, Demolition, Remediation, Civil Engineering and Road Haulage projects. We have vast knowledge and over 40 years of experience in the construction industry, with 90% of our growth being as a result of client recommendations.

We consider ourselves honest, trust worthy and completely committed to customer satisfaction. We are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire but many of our projects have taken us across the country. We employ over 100 personnel, who are taking care of your highways project, from “Concept to Completion” covering road and dual carriageway construction, road surfacing/re-surfacing, and road maintenance. We plan and carry out all the major constituents of highways schemes in-house, so you can be assured your project will be properly managed, completed on-time and within budget.

Jakto regularly win contracts from local authority and national highways bodies, including some on a quality selection basis, making us one of the largest road construction contractors/ specialists in the North and the Northwest of England. As clients have moved away from traditional tendering techniques, we now routinely take part in the latest procurement methods, including partnering.

From challenging emergency rock cutting remedial works – finished ahead of schedule – to the pre-programmed resurfacing of major highways, we are experienced in planning complex traffic management arrangements, safely ensuring minimal disruption to the travelling public.

We are experienced in operating under the NEC form of contract and regularly deliver projects comfortably within target cost.

Our History

Tony Hellewell
Tony HellewellFounder
It can be said that Jakto owes its existence to George Hellewell, who back in 1955, ventured into haulage contracting around Yorkshire to support his young family. Come 1964, inspired by his father, Tony Hellewell had set up his own haulage company, to be known as Jakto Transport LTD for the next 50 years and beyond. It was set up very much as family firm, with the company name coming from the original director’s names, Jackie and Tony. Jakto as a group is still very proud to be a family firm, with all three of Jackie and Tony’s children, and some of their grandchildren, now working in different areas of the business. The original business was based around coal haulage, and quickly expanded into a one of the most respected company in South Yorkshire, diversifying over the years into bulk excavation, earthworks and more. Tony still keeps in very close contact with the goings on of the company he worked so hard to build, and he received a very special retirement gift, as everyone knows it would be much harder to keep him away!