Half a dozen new Econ Unibodies have bolstered the winter maintenance fleet at Kirklees MBC, ensuring the local authority gets the very best value for money all year round with the help of high-tech Econ flexibility.
The authority, which has worked with Econ for over three decades, has invested in four 2×4 Unibodies on DAF chassis and two 4x4s on MAN chassis. The multi-purpose Unibody vehicles enable a speedy changeover between highways duties and salt spreading, when conditions become colder.
The Kirklees area includes the dizzying heights of Holme Moss. At 1,700 feet, the A6024 road crosses the moor which leapt to national fame last year hen “Le Cote de Holme Moss” became one of the highlights of the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart.
The two 4×4 Econ Unibodies have been purchased with Holme Moss in mind, said Kirklees fleet manager Darren Fletcher. “In common with much of West Yorkshire, Kirklees’ roads include a mixture of urban and rural environments, and some are extremely steep. Holme Moss is famous among cyclists as being a challenging route but when the cold and snowy conditions arrive it is also the council’s most challenging route to keep open and safe to travel on.”