Having been affected by snow in previous years, Newcastle International Airport has taken delivery of a new gritter and plough unit. Neil Pringle, Senior Engineering Technician for the Airport’s Engineering Department knows they needed to be ready to cope with anything the North East weather might throw at them.
Neil explained: “We previously used dated vehicles to try to keep our roads and car parks clear of snow but it’s always been a bit of a struggle. Now that we’ve invested in a dedicated winter maintenance vehicle, we’ll be ready for the next dump of snow that comes our way and we can minimise disruption to our customers.
“The control panel is clear and easy to understand, with most equipment being operated from the one panel, something our team has given very positive feedback on so far. We used to have a permanent plough, which put strain on the vehicle chassis being driven around with the plough raised for the majority of the time when it wasn’t needed so we’re really pleased with the new plough unit. We’ve found it only needs one person to attach and remove it, improving our efficiency and making everyone’s lives easier,” he added.
Neil also rates the Econ team highly for its sales service. “ Econ has supplied us with a vehicle that exactly matches our requirements, fits in with our current fleet and at a competitive price – plus the sales and support staff have been fantastic and a pleasure to deal with – we couldn’t be happier!”
The 3m³ mounted onto a 7.5 tonne 4×2 Iveco chassis has replaced one of the airport’s existing Iveco gritter plough units. The new vehicle will be used to keep the tarmac areas outside the security fence, that make up the ‘landside’ road infrastructure and car parks around the airport.