Econ’s flexibility and innovative approach helped it to win a major order to provide fleet for recently awarded Amey’s STR Contract (Scottish Trunk Roads South East contract).
With the contract not announced until August last year, building the new equipment Amey needed in time for the start of the contract in September was looking doubtful, until Econ stepped in. “We came up with a solution for Amey by offering a temporary fleet of vehicles on a short-term hire basis until new orders could be completed,” explained Steve Sinnott, Econ Sales Manager. “We then committed to turning around the new-build vehicles in as short a time as possible.”
Amey, re-located 3 existing 26 Tonne Econ QCB vehicles to the contract to cover for the short term. Working closely with Econ, Richard Guy, Amey’s Senior Business Development Manager for Fleet and Plant, identified a requirement for six off-QCB combinations, and four off-26 tonne QCBs fitted with Econ’s 9m3 40g pre-wet spreaders to Amey’s own specification. Another two off-tipper bodies and two off – 7.5m3 twin chamber Hotboxes were also ordered, all manufactured at Econ’s North Yorkshire headquarters.
Two further 18 tonne QCBs were fitted with 6m3, 40g bespoke pre-wet spreaders, along with two off-tipper bodies.
Econ also pulled out all the stops to supply seven off – 6m3, 40g pre-wet spreaders, mounted on Mercedes 4×2 chassis, by the end of September, reducing the need for short-term hire and cutting costs for the client. Another 6m3 40g prewet spreader followed in October.
“All the vehicle bodywork is covered by our all inclusive repair and maintenance contract, so Amey has peace of mind that they are covered 24 hrs a day during the winter season,” said Steve Sinnott. “This ensures minimum downtime and maximum uptime, as we guarantee to attend to all vehicles within two hours of getting the initial call regardless of the time, night or day.”
Amey’s Scottish Trunk Roads Unit South East contract covers more than 550 miles of road network running through Central Scotland, the Lothians and Scottish Borders. Edinburgh’s city bypass and a long stretch of the M8 motorway connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh are also included.
The company is responsible for major road maintenance work, as well as inspections, to ensure routes remain safe and well maintained. Salting and snow clearing as well as gully cleaning and the repair of motorway lighting and traffic signals are also major elements of the contract.