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Newcastle City Council update maintenance fleet

Newcastle City Council enhances maintenance productivity with new screed vehicle

Newcastle upon Tyne is a university city on the River Tyne in northeast England and the eighth most populous urban area in the United Kingdom. Joined to Gateshead by the iconic Millennium Bridge with its unique tilting aperture, the city is now a centre of business, arts and sciences.

The Challenge

In order to enhance the efficiency of Highway maintenance operations throughout the region, including the A69 across to Carlisle, Newcastle City Council opted to replace an ageing legacy vehicle that was becoming increasing unreliable. The council required the new vehicle to be specified with features that both increased productivity and enabled compliance with all relevant health and safety guidelines.

The Solution

Newcastle City Council specified larger capacity preheaters, capable of delivering extended productivity between refilling and enabling jobs to be carried out in less time. The on-board gas storage facility features a single point safe-fill system to provide the highest levels of safety when refueling. To comply with health and safety guidelines for working at height, Somerford fitted safety railings around the vehicle, plus an integrated pedestrian side step well to improve rear access. The vehicle was also built with fully electronic, rear-mounted LED traffic control lights and platform lighting to ensure the safety of operatives around the clock.

The new screed applicator is equipped with a canopy that extends around the entire vehicle, making it easier for operatives to work in all weather conditions. Other specifications include extended storage facilities for materials and traffic management equipment, and a larger pedestrian hand marking pram to allow for more to be done between refilling.

“Somerford Equipment provided us with a screed vehicle that is clearly focused on allowing us to achieve more in less time,” continued Boakes. “It has already exceeded our expectations, particularly for the highways maintenance team who worked so closely with the company throughout the development and manufacturing process.”
Newcastle City Council also specified Somerford Equipment’s comprehensive service and maintenance programme which includes full gas accreditation and certification.

“The new vehicle has streamlined highways maintenance and enables us to get jobs done faster, helping to reduce disruption on the road and keep traffic moving. The vehicle can also be used by other councils throughout the North East requiring assistance with road lining and marking works,” concluded Boakes.

Somerford Equipment was selected after an extensive evaluation as part of the formal tender process. The company impressed us throughout, working alongside out frontline staff and providing informed advice and expertise to help scope the specifications.

Malcolm Boakes

Highway Scheme Manager, Highways Maintenance and Operations Communities Directorate, Newcastle City Council

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