A Worksite version of the Kubota RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicle has played a key role in a major civil engineering project to install Europe's largest suite of ticket gates at one of London's busiest railway stations.
It was used by civil engineering and building contractor, J Murphy & Sons, in their contract to dismantle retail outlets at Waterloo station as part of enablement works for the installation of the automatic ticket gates. Their involvement also included carrying out the preparatory electrical and mechanical work. The work was undertaken for their client Network Rail and the gates entered public use in January 2009.
The Kubota took away waste material from the 12 shops which were demolished along the entrances to the station's 19 platforms, and delivered materials needed in the subsequent hoarding work.
To increase the space provided by the vehicle's hydraulically-tipped rear cargo box, which measures 1.32m wide x 1.18m long x 0.29m deep and has a load capacity of 500kg, Murphy's added an open trailer measuring 3m long x 2m wide.
The vehicle's operating hours were strictly restricted to between midnight and 5.00 am when there were no trains running and the usually busy concourse was empty of passengers.After being loaded with waste material, such as timber, plasterboard, glass panels and old electrical and kitchen equipment, the 925kg Kubota towed the trailer across the concourse to a compound outside the station.
As well as delivering materials needed for the hoarding work, the vehicle carried workmen's tools and equipment such as mobile generators.
Murphy's site agent Paul O'Connor said: "The Kubota RTV900 was ideal for this job as there is a 2000kg (two tonne) weight limit for vehicles using the concourse, which is built over a series of arches.
"Also, its wide profile tyres did not leave any marks on the concourse's polished surface, even when pulling a full load."
The RTV900 was supplied by Kubota dealer Shellplant, of Earls Barton, Northampton.
Shellplant partner Julian Payne said: "We are used to supplying Murphy's with Kubota mini excavators for construction work, and are delighted that the utility vehicle has proved to be the perfect machine for their contract at Waterloo."
The Worksite version of the RTV900 is designed for fetching and carrying jobs around building and construction sites.It is powered by a Kubota 22hp three cylinder water-cooled diesel engine, easily accessible for servicing, and features a unique three-range variable hydrostatic transmission system. The system is actuated by a single foot pedal that gives infinitely variable forward and reverse travel with a maximum speed of 25mph.
Other features include hydrostatic power steering and fully-enclosed oil-immersed disc brakes at the front and rear which eliminate the risk of dirt contamination and premature wear and tear.
Suitable for both people-carrying and load movement, the vehicle comes with either a bench seat or individual seating, both types suitable for two large adults held safely in place by side grab rails and seat belts.