New vehicles smooth the way for highways team

Capita’s highways team on North Tyneside has taken delivery of a fleet of new and improved vehicles.

The seven new flatbed trucks will make it easier for the team to continue to repair about 3,000 potholes and footpath defects every year.  As well as being more reliable, the trucks feature a number of improvements, which will benefit the workforce. 

Six of them have a hydraulic lift at the tailgate, which will make it easier for the crew to load and unload heavy equipment, while the seventh, a tipper truck, enables heavy materials and equipment to be rolled on and off. 

All the trucks have dedicated storage units behind the cab for tools as well as hot and cold water and a soap dispenser. 

The highways team is retaining two of its existing flatbed trucks and also has two state-of-the-art gully wagons.

One gully wagon is a 1,800 gallon combination unit which can carry fresh water and effluents at the same time. The other is 2,550 gallon combination unit with a moving division, which means more fresh water or foul water can be carried as needed. 

The highways service is delivered on behalf of North Tyneside Council by Capita.  

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Throughout I have been kept in touch about road closures and access to my property. The area has been kept clean and safe, the men worked long hours, even under floodlights to complete the project. The road has been thoroughly cleaned and I can get the car into my garage again.

North Tyneside resident