We are ramping up our fleet of heavy-duty road sweepers for operated work on motorways and trunk roads with a delivery of 37 brand new Johnston VT802 and VM652 machines in a deal worth more than £5.5 million.
The specialist vehicles will help us service a significant number of new, large-scale contracts around the UK as well as create extra capacity for new business.
Phased delivery of the 18-tonne machines is due to begin in May.
Ben Gilmore, General Manager Operated/Self Drive Division said: “These machines will provide a significant boost to our fleet of heavy-duty vehicles.
“It’s a major investment for the company that ensures we’re fully geared up both for today and for the future.
“We’re involved in quite a number of high-profile road construction operations at the moment, including several on the M6. We’ve secured a number of major new contracts and have several other large-scale projects in the pipeline.
“So this is a move that will ensure we have the strength in depth we need and that will give us the additional capacity to expand our service in future.”
Ben confirmed that the decision to choose the high-performance Johnston sweepers was straightforward. “Having identified the requirement to boost our heavy-duty fleet, we naturally wanted to bring in the best vehicles and these VT802 and VM652 machines are the very latest and best on the market.
“They’re built specifically for work on large infrastructure projects so they’re ideal for the kind of operated hire contracts that we specialise in – particularly those in the construction or maintenance of motorways and arterial routes.
“They’ll be spread around our nationwide depot network to help us expand our contracting service nationwide.
“And not only are they among the highest specification machines around, 18 also feature sleeper cabs which gives us vital added flexibility.
“It gives us the ability to boost cover in any particular area very quickly and very easily – and that gives us the capacity to be even more responsive.”
The hi-tech vehicles feature Euro 6 engines on both the Volvo Globetrotter and DAF LF chassis, an 8m3 capacity stainless steel hopper and trailing sweepgear. They are designed to optimise performance and reliability and minimise risk.
They are the first EU-manufactured machines to achieve full PM10 test compliance on whole vehicle emissions.
Each of the vehicles will be fitted with innovative Worksafe Laser Lines to help ensure accuracy as well as a 360 degree live recording camera system.
It’s an important aspect of our commitment to the ‘Responsible Employer’ initiative and part of our proactive approach to safety within busy and dangerous environments.
Installing live camera feeds on the vehicles is a specific enhancement that helps us to improve both safety and efficiency.
The system also provides an extra support mechanism for our drivers on site. Regional managers can log into them remotely at any time and are able to deal with any issues straight away.
It can also be used to monitor activity, ensure sterile zones are in play and that policies on compliance are being adhered to at all times.”
The machines will be in the hands of our team of experienced, expert operators, each of whom has gained specific qualifications at the company’s accredited training centre.
Each has passed the NVQ assessment scheme and carries the official Highways England Passport and CSCS card for work on construction sites.
We work on a vast number of wide-ranging highways projects, often alongside many other contractors who are carrying out specific tasks. We often operate in conjunction with many of the leading planing companies and that type of project not only requires a good road sweeper but also a great operator.
By ensuring we provide both of those things, supported by expert technicians and 24/7 support, we can offer a comprehensive solution that’s genuinely second to non