Kirklees Council, home to a 2,000km road network, has a game of two halves with regards to their road maintenance and clearing schedule. From an urban depot in Batley, where the iconic weaving Mills have long been converted into shopping centres, office spaces and urban accommodation to serve this bustling community. And the more rural depot in Honley, home to remote roads like Holme Moss, which some of you may remember from the brutal climbs over from Snake Pass and Sheffield in the Tour De Yorkshire.
With such a diverse and extensive network, the council needed a vehicle fleet that can service their range of road maintenance and winter clearing tasks. These needs were being met through a fleet of swap body system vehicles but limited space in the depots meant there was little room for spare bodies when they were not in use. A solution was needed to tackle to space issue, whilst making sure the fleet could still carry out its important multi-task work across the region.
The council informed Econ of their logistical issue and worked with them to find a better solution. Econ recommended swapping their current vehicles for Econ Unibody vehicles. Working from single chassis and using advanced technology, the Unibody allowed the council to maintain a high standard of road maintenance and winter road clearing operation without having to consider where spare bodies could be stored.
This important change happened in 1999, and Econ and Kirklees Council continue to work together successfully 20 years later.