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£75k bill for guided busway snow plough
« on: November 15, 2011, 01:46:57 PM »
£75k bill for guided busway snow plough

Chris Havergal

The Multihog
Guided busway bosses have splashed out £75,000 on a machine to grit the guided busway bridleway.

The “Multihog” machine combines brine spraying equipment and a snow plough and will be used to keep the route ice and snow free during the winter.

The four-wheel drive, which has a top speed of 25mph, was needed because the maintenance track’s length, width and limited access meant it was unsuitable for existing gritting gadgetry.

The vehicle could also be used to treat other hard-to-reach areas across Cambridgeshire such as town centres.

Cllr Steve Criswell, the county council’s community infrastructure chief, said the Multihog’s flexibility would mean it would not sit in a garage for half of the year.

He said: “Since it opened, the guided busway has proved very popular with passengers and the smooth-surfaced track alongside is proving to be equally well used by a host of cyclists, walkers, horse riders, pedestrians and local people looking for a new place to take their dog for a walk.

“One of the major advantages of this specialist piece of equipment is that it will be used not only on the maintenance track and elsewhere in harder to reach areas, but it can also be brought into service throughout the year by adding other attachments such as a planer or the sweeper which can be used during highway repair work which goes on over all 52 weeks of the year.”

The council said the Multihog would help to save money by replacing machinery which is currently leased, and it is hoped it will prevent slips and trips, and the subsequent expensive treatment.

Health chief Cllr Tony Orgee said: “This piece of equipment will boost the range of areas we are able to grit and therefore help to cut the number of people who potentially need medical treatment because of winter-weather related injuries.”

The Multihog is manufactured in Ireland and has a 1,200 litre brine tank and a 90hp diesel engine.

It has a towing capacity of three tons and a quick release mechanism which allows attachments to be swapped in a couple of minutes.

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Re: £75k bill for guided busway snow plough
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 06:49:24 PM »
Anyone else get the impression that CEN are trying to sensationalise the spending of 75k on a snowplough.........

They would certainly be the first to start whining if the Busway was closed due to a snowfall!  ::)

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Re: £75k bill for guided busway snow plough
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2011, 01:24:17 AM »
It's not for the busway though, is it?  Doesn't it have it's own specially adapted full size thingy?   

This is just for the cycle path...

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Re: £75k bill for guided busway snow plough
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 04:30:05 PM »
it's for the matinence track
Last bus trips:
603 to transport museum
603 to lowestoft bus station
1A to denes high school.