This week we are exhibiting at Traffex Seeing is Believing (SIB) at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Our team will be showcasing our three latest Traffic Management (TM) Vehicles designed to support and protect maintenance crews on urban and rural roads.
Normally we would roll out our largest 18 tonne Impact Protection Vehicle (IPV) for such events, but we are breaking with tradition by displaying a compact 3.5 tonne version instead, along with a 3.5 tonne Low Body TM Vehicle and 3.5 tonne Crew Cab TM Vehicle.
Our new “City” IPV (pictured), also known as a Light Truck Mounted Attenuator (LTMA) or “mini” Crash Cushion Vehicle, is one of the first of its kind in the UK. It was launched in November 2017 to provide additional protection for vulnerable work crews on lower speed roads of up to 40mph. The physical space constraints associated with working in these environments make the use of traditional, and much larger IPVs, impossible.
The “mini” IPV on display at Traffex SIB is the second produced by Blakedale and has already been earmarked for long-term hire by traffic management contractor, Atlas TM. At the rear of a bespoke 3.5 tonne Traffic Management body, is an LP13 light arrow board and Verdegro LTMA Crash Cushion, which has been crash-tested to 70 km/h (43 mph) and is approved to NCHRP 350 standards.
Visitors to Traffex SIB also have an opportunity to view the new Blakedale-designed 3.5 tonne Low Body TM Vehicle. Ideal for the deployment of cones, signage and temporary traffic lights the vehicle features an ultra low bed height and payload of around 1300 kg. This allows operators to step on and off the working area quickly and safely and removes the need for cone wells.
Finally, we have chosen Traffex SIB 2018 to unveil the latest addition to its fleet, a 3.5 tonne Crew Cab TM Vehicle. With an extra row of seats, this vehicle offers the perfect solution for transporting larger work crews to and from site.
Carmen Bowley, Managing Director of Blakedale, comments: “Having supported both Traffex and Seeing is Believing over the years, we are excited to see the two exhibitions combine this year with the first Traffex SIB. We have some fantastic vehicles lined up for the show and look forward to gaining further feedback from the industry.”
Visit us on stand 93 and outside demonstration area D at Traffex Seeing is Believing (27-28 June).