52 new vehicles for Northumberland
Northumberland County Council is to invest £8.6-million over the next three years as part of a rolling programme to replace its existing 50-strong refuse collection fleet. The investment will also include the addition of two further vehicles, helping the Council to meet growing demand for waste services.
All 52 Dennis Eagle vehicles will be fitted with Terberg OmniDEL Xtra bin lifts, with the first batch of 24 due to arrive this year. Six of these have already been delivered and are now in service, and it is expected that they will help to deliver a number of improvements compared to the previous models. These include reduced exhaust emissions and better fuel economy, as well as increased waste capacity – meaning fewer time-consuming trips to waste transfer sites.
The narrow rear steer chassis will aid manoeuvrability around smaller streets and tight spots, while full 360-degree camera systems will help to increase safety for staff members and the general public. The vehicles also feature the DennisConnect telematics system, which the Council will be using to encourage more efficient driving through the monitoring of driving style, such as the use of brakes and accelerator.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Providing an efficient and reliable regular bin collection service is a cornerstone of what Councils do, and it’s vital we invest in the right equipment to be able to do this.
“Our refuse wagons and crews cover tens of thousands of miles each year in all sorts of weather and it is very rare that they are unable to make a collection.
“Our existing vehicles served us well, but are now in need of replacement, and these new vehicles which are coming into service are cleaner, more efficient, safer and have a greater capacity than the old models – they are state-of-the-art in every aspect and a valuable addition to our fleet.”
Tom Fullerton, Regional Sales Manager at Dennis Eagle, comments: “Back in 2011 we won a contract to supply Northumberland with its previous fleet. Now the time has come to begin replacing these vehicles we are delighted that the Council has again selected Dennis Eagle to meet its requirements.”