Arctic weather conditions across the UK have seen 13 new JCB Loadall telescopic handlers at highways maintenance specialist, Ringway, put to good use.
Horsham-based Ringway Infrastructure Services is responsible for the winter maintenance of large sections of the country’s road network under long term service contracts with several local authorities. The company has purchased JCB 531-70 models to load salt-spreading winter maintenance vehicles at each of its county depots. Last month was the coldest December for 30 years and the freezing temperatures have continued into 2009.
"The recent inclement weather –with icy temperatures reaching as low as 11°C – has made driving conditions treacherous and the regular salt-spreading of roads essential," said Ringway Group Plant & Fleet Manager Gary Condon.
"We are committed to providing this vital service to highway authorities so the JCB models are on emergency standby 24 hours-a-day and we are totally dependent on their reliability."
Purpose built for the role, the JCB Loadalls are wax-oiled for protection against the corrosive salt used in gritting and feature an extensive list of features to ensure safe and efficient operation in the high pressure and confined depot environments.