Glastonbury festival road layer gets MAN 6x2 specials 16 June 2010

MAN is supplying 14 new TGX 26.440 full-air 6x2 rigids to temporary access system supplier Eve.

They are the first MANs for the Chesterfield-based company, and one of the first jobs for two of the six-wheelers was to supply temporary aluminium roadway at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, the site of the upcoming Glastonbury Festival.

With the use of the prime-mover's rear-mounted and radio-controlled Palfinger Epsilon crane, 3m x 2.5m aluminium roadway panels are being laid on the ground and bolted together before the truck backs onto the roadway to repeat the process.

Eve's fleet operations manager, Andrew Rushforth, says the 6x2 rear-lifting tag-axle configuration signals an industry first for suppliers and distributors of temporary aluminium roadway. With a draw-bar trailer, the combination can operate at 44 tonnes, while also providing greater accessibility and higher manoeuvrability when on site, he says.

"MAN came up with the exacting specification. The XLX cab allows us to double-man, and that's good news for productivity and our carbon footprint," comments Rushforth.

"These are our first MANs, and the initial reaction from the guys on site has been extremely positive. We are expecting the final delivery of eight trucks over the forthcoming months. When they arrive, our fleet will be two-thirds MAN," he adds.

Brian Tinham

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