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New JCB Loadalls Help Prepare Highways For Hazardous Weather

Arctic weather conditions across the UK have given 13 new JCB Loadall telescopic handlers the chance to shine for highways maintenance specialist – Ringway.

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.

Ringway’s Group Plant & Fleet Manager, Gary Condon said: “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. 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. After an extensive evaluation of several manufacturers, we chose JCB models for their build quality, British manufacture and the ability to have the machines tailored exactly to our demanding specifications for 24-hour service in low temperatures and arduous conditions.”

Purpose built for the role, the JCB Loadalls – decked out in Ringway’s white livery – 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.

A part of the Ringway Group, Ringway Infrastructure Services offers a series of long term maintenance, highway reconstruction and related services to highway authorities. These range from network management, asphalt surfacing, and specialist road treatments to routine highway maintenance to winter activities including snow clearance, salt-spreading and then a 24-7 service for all highway related incidents.