M6 Toll gets winter-ready – with Econ vehicles
Econ’s history with the 27-mile M6 Toll, stretches back to the days before Britain’s only major toll road was opened to vehicles. Even before the first asphalt was laid, a fleet of Econ gritters were drafted in for testing, and Econ winter maintenance vehicles continued to patrol the West Midlands highway from its launch in 2003 until 2010.
This winter a fleet of brand new Econ gritters are back on the M6 Toll. The best of British engineering will be helping to keep the 50,000 drivers who regularly opt to avoid M6 congestion in Birmingham on the move throughout the worst of the winter weather conditions.
Made up of four brand new 6×4 19-plate Mercedes 2635 Arocs, the M6 Toll fleet feature high-tech bespoke control boxes and state-of-the-art touch screen controls. The specialised kit equips the Econ gritters to contend with the motorway’s super-sized carriageways, ensuring that salt is spread everywhere that it needs to be to keep the road surface safe and clear.
Steve Warren, M6 Toll motorway maintenance engineer manager, said: “We chose Econ to provide our gritters for this winter because we had a very positive experience with them over the seven years that we had previously worked with the company.
“Not only were the gritters themselves reliable but Econ’s service engineer was always excellent. Crucially, they could also provide a back-up vehicle that we can use in the case of a major breakdown that necessitated one of our gritters to be off the road.”
Steve added: “Econ was the only firm that fulfilled all of our criteria and it is a real pleasure to be working with the team again.”
Owned and operated by Midland Expressway, the M6 Toll announced its 250 millionth journey in October. With traffic for 2018 standing at 18.2 million journeys, the toll road plays an important role in alleviating congestion in and around Birmingham, as well as reducing environmental pollution levels.