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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 8
Custom-made vehicle for
highway maintenance
contractor
Civil engineering and highways maintenance
contractor, JPCS, has developed a custom-
made vehicle which will revolutionise vehicle
restraint systems and traffic management
work.
D e s i g n e d b y t h e f i r m ’ s T r a f f i c
Management and Vehicle Restraint Systems
(
TM/VRS) team, the new vehicle concept combines the features of two separate vehicles, thereby reducing labour,
fuel and maintenance costs as well as minimising the environmental impact.
The custom-made vehicle incorporates a barrier rig for VRS and crash impact protection for traffic management.
It has also been designed with twin barrier hammers for repairing barriers, an in- built compressor, remote control
Hiab , tower lights, generator powerpoints, as well a storage area for cones, signs and VRS components.
Peter Shone, managing director of JPCS, said: “This has been a complex project which required significant
planning but it has certainty been worth it. The annual fuel cost savings alone are £15,000 and we predict JPCS
will be able to generate a total of £30,000 worth of savings every year through the new vehicle. This means we
will be able to offer a more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly solution to local authorities and
contractors.
We’ve taken a collaborative approach for this project, spending time consulting with all stakeholders, from local
councils, on the ground operatives and the vehicle manufacturer. All levels of our team have been involved in the
vehicle development and this is why I believe we’ve been able to create such a unique design which is completely fit
for purpose.”
The TM/VRS team works with local authorities and contractors across the UK providing services such as repairs
to highways after accidents to construction of new roads. The new vehicle will be starting work on an existing
Balfour Beatty contract on the A50 and then rolled out across the Highways Agency network.
Construction News - Economics - Business - Regulations
If you are feeling depressed do
not read any further!
Pessimism Grips Construction Industry
The latest Construction Trade Survey published
recently shows that construction activity fell sharply
in Q3, despite a return to growth for the UK economy
as a whole. Of greater concern, however, the forward
looking indicators of orders and enquiries, were
also negative, reinforcing concerns that the sector is
unlikely to experience growth until at least 2014.
Commenting on the survey, Noble Francis,
Economics Director at the Construction Products
Association said: ‘Conditions throughout construction continued to worsen in Q3, as for the first time we
experienced a decline in all construction sectors. Whilst the public sector construction activity has been falling
for some time as a result of the government’s cuts, private sector activity is also now falling sharply. On top of
this bad news, infrastructure work declined in Q3, which is extremely concerning given the number of recent
announcements from government aimed at stimulating infrastructure activity.’
Speaking about the survey, Stephen Ratcliffe, Director UKCG, said: ‘These figures show how difficult trading
conditions continue to be. With declining public sector spend and a lack of confidence amongst private investors,
action is urgently needed to kick-start the construction sector.