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Spending a few bucks

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Tacr2man, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    Our Highways have just been and spent , to get a new fleet MAN trucks with romaquip spreaders , all stainless steel .

    Highways Agency says goodbye to 'yellow army' with new fleet of winter vehicles
    HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release (SE262-08) issued by COI News Distribution Service. 11 November 2008

    Drivers will see a new style of winter treatment on England's motorways and major A roads from this Autumn, as the Highways Agency replaces its yellow 'gritters' and invests £45 million in a new fleet to tackle snow and ice.

    Central Southern England, is one of the first regions to have the new orange and blue vehicles, which have state of the art monitoring technology on board. Their introduction marks the Highways Agency's move towards use of pre-wet salt, which gets to work faster on the road surface to prevent ice formation and is more friendly to vehicles and the environment because less is used.

    The first of the new winter service vehicles will be on the roads this Autumn and the total new fleet of 438 vehicles will be in use across most of England's strategic roads by 2010. Forty Five (of 159 vehicles nationally) were launched today Tuesday 11 November, at our Chieveley depot - A34/M4 J13.

    Working closely with specialist forecasters from the Met Office, the Highways Agency plays an essential role during the winter months by tackling snow and ice, and warning drivers of severe weather. Our new winter fleet gives us the capability to treat the roads more efficiently and effectively when ice and snow are forecast, whilst reducing the impact of our operations on the environment. The new vehicles, which will be on the roads from this Autumn, have cleaner engines and will use less salt through the new pre-wet process. Road users will start to see the new orange vehicles on the roads from this Autumn.

    "It's important to continue to invest in improved services. The new winter fleet has state of the art technology on board and is capable of delivering the latest advances in winter treatment, such as pre-wet salt.
    Pre-wet salt, widely used across Europe including parts of the UK, is a new addition to the Agency's winter service this year. The new fleet also has the latest technology on board including GPS and data logging systems that give real time information on record which roads are being treated and how much salt has been used.

    Martin Hobbs, Winter Service Delivery Manager for the Highways Agency, said:

    "We're replacing our existing fleet of yellow vehicles over the next four years because they are approaching the end of their economic life. The new orange fleet will bring important benefits for road users and the environment - helping to keep roads safe, whilst cutting costs and pollution with less waste and 'greener' engines.

    "Using pre-wetted salt (which speeds up the action of the salt to prevent the build up of snow and ice formation), we will achieve a greater level of accuracy - thereby allowing us to use less salt. And as the pre-wet salts sticks to the road surface you also reduce the "bounce off" effect. All these improvements mean we will reduce our impact on the environment, on our road structures and surfaces, as well as road users' vehicles."

    Do you use "pre wet salt" in USA , as its the new thing here?



  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Nice truck. How many tonnes does it hold?
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    GV, Id say the blue one would be good for 15-16, and the yellow one, probably 8 or 9. I like the ladder at the back. Never saw that before.
  4. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    that spreader is HUGE:eek:
  5. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    The six wheeler probably about 12 t (27000lbs) -15t (33,000) as mgw 24t
  6. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Are you suggesting that yellow truck holds 12-15 t, and the blue one 24t?
  7. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    Holy Crap...those devils are huge. I don't think I could afford all of the salt they would hold, much less the truck!
  8. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    Wow!:eek: That truck looks sweet!
  9. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    Hi , the blue 3 axle has a gross weight of 24 t so load of salt would be in the 12 t- 15t
    The 2 axle would have a max veh weight of 14 t so salt prob 8t load

    Do you know about this pre wet salt , its a new thing here but US usually gets the newer things going first. ussmileyflag Its supposed to de ice the roads faster ?

    We have a snow warning upto 3" in places for this Sunday am but not expected to last past noon:cry:
  10. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    Liquids are getting popular in the Midwest.
    The municipality I work for has used them for 5 years now, both in anti-icing and prewetting. Both have had good results.
    We make our own salt brine in-house and this year we are blending with a 2nd liquid, GeoMelt (sugar beet juice) to produce a liquid that works in lower temperatures (pavement).
    Prewetting has reduced our dry materail usage by almost 30%.
  11. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    How much does it snow in England? Only 159 trucks for the entire Country?
  12. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    I bet northern,IL had more plow trucks then that. lol.
  13. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    Adksnowo There are comsiderably more trucks than that (159) it was 438 but they are only for motorways and certain trunk roads .
    Each shire has a fleet of trucks to take care of local main roads , but they are usually tippers with a plough and a demountable spreader, whereas the 438 for the Highways Agency are dedicated units that dont do anything else. The only trouble is the 438 can only cope with a moderate fall , if the weather brings a big fall they cant keep up with it , but it does not happen to often now . ;)