The Sir Robert McAlpine North East team is preparing for the winter season with its most recent delivery from Econ – a fleet of seven new spreaders.
The team is contracted to design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) a 120km section of the A19 from Dishforth to the Tyne Tunnel in Teesside, known as Area 26.
With the seasonal drop in temperatures and freezing conditions just around the corner, the six Scania 6×4 26 tonne chassis cabs with 9m3 Spargo fixed body spreaders and a 9m3 QCB Spargo spreader body are timely additions to the team’s 42-strong highway maintenance fleet, which includes tipper vehicles, QCBs, gritters and vans.
The team, whose work also covers parts of the A66, south of Middlesbrough, the A168 and the A174, opted for high specification spreaders with DIN plates to reduce wear and tear on its existing Econ HD ploughs that have recently been upgraded to power angle. Meanwhile, the spreader body has the Econ QCB chassis conversion, to fit the team’s current 26 tonne chassis.
Sir Robert McAlpine has a 30-year contract for the carriageway upgrade and associated works and has been using Econ vehicles since from the outset in 1997. The new vehicles will operate on the seven gritting routes that cover Area 26 – each route taking up to 9m3 of grit in each treatment – and brings the total number of gritters to eight, enabling the team to have one spare spreader in case of breakdowns.