Mercedes-Benz Arocs delivers ‘true grit’ for Skanska


Mercedes-Benz Arocs delivers ‘true grit’ for Skanska.

Last winter was one of the warmest and wettest on record but should temperatures plummet this time round, Skanska will be relying on a pair of muscular Mercedes-Benz Arocs gritters to help it keep key roads in and around Peterborough open to traffic.

One of the country’s leading contractors, Skanska won responsibility for the upkeep of the city’s highways in 2013. Peterborough Highway Services is a 10-year partnership with Peterborough City Council and Skanska also covers design, street lighting and drainage services.

Delivered by the local branch of Intercounty Truck & Van, the 6x4 chassis are fitted with gritting bodywork by Ripon-based specialist Econ Engineering, which also supplied their demountable snow plough blades.

Both are Arocs 2632 ClassicSpace modelswith advanced 7.7-litre straight-six engines, which transmit their 235 kW (320 hp) outputs via smooth and efficient Mercedes PowerShift transmissions.

The same Dealer also delivered the team’s three FUSO Canters – the Mercedes-Benz Network is additionally responsible for sales and support of the popular Japanese light truck range.

The 7.5-tonne Canter 7C15s – two tippers and a traffic management vehicle – were additionally fitted by Wessex Vehicle Services, of Salisbury, with large lockable toolboxes immediately behind their cabs.

Skanska operates approximately 30 six-wheeled Mercedes-Benz gritters on different contracts nationwide. Adrian Pinsent, the company’s Fleet Manager – Commercial Vehicles, confirmed: “Given the time-critical nature of winter maintenance operations, it’s essential that our gritting fleet is available for work when we need it.

“Mercedes-Benz chassis offer proven reliability and are fully fit-for-purpose, as well as being competitively priced and cost-effective to run.”

The FUSO Canter has also proved itself with Skanska. “We now have approximately 20 of these vehicles, the majority of which are fitted with DUONIC automated transmissions,” continued Mr Pinsent.

“They’re used by our road gangs, are impressively fuel-efficient and offer an exceptionally high payload. The Canter’s relatively small footprint is also a factor that weighs in its favour – when you’re using cones and closing lanes to traffic, the fact that the truck is that bit narrower than a conventional 7.5-tonner is a definite advantage.”

One of the requirements of its contract with Peterborough City Council was that Skanska should deal with local suppliers. “We were certainly happy to do so where these vehicles are concerned,” added Mr Pinsent. “We’ve worked with Intercounty Truck & Van in the past and they provide an excellent service which includes, in the case of our Peterborough-based Arocs and Canters, supplying parts to our preferred maintenance partner.”

Established in a small fishing village in southern Sweden in 1887, Skanska is one of the world’s foremost project development and construction groups. The company established its UK base in 2000 and with a local workforce of more than 5,000 people is now a leader in public private partnerships (PPP), construction, civil engineering, utilities and building services.