Ringway Jacobs will be relying on a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz gritters to keep the roads of Cheshire East clear of ice and snow this winter.
The highways service provider turned to preferred supplier Roanza Truck & Van for the eight new vehicles, all of which are based on Arocs chassis with ClassicSpace S-cabs and Econ Engineering bodywork. Four are double-drive 2633 26-tonners with 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engines producing 240 kW (326 hp).
The remainder are 4×4 18-tonne 1824 AK variants with high-torque, 175 kW (238 hp) 7.7-litre straight-sixes. Econ Engineering’s bodies – the six-wheelers have 9m3 capacities, while the four-wheelers offer up to 6m3 – are purpose-designed to spread de-icing dry rock salt at a width of up to 12 metres.
For snow clearance, Econ’s ‘E’ Plough boasts a power angling function which allows the operator to alter the direction in which the snow is ejected without having to make manual adjustments on the move. The Arocs have also been specified with Econ’s E-Drive route guidance technology.
Roanza handover specialist Ben Clark spent a week at a winter maintenance storage facility in Macclesfield, delivering a comprehensive programme of product familiarisation to 24 of Ringway Jacobs’ drivers. The agreement covers 2,230 km of highway and is worth around £600 million over 15 years.