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Low entry trucks mean greater road safety

GRS Group expands its Mercedes-Benz Econic tipper fleet, enhancing safety and maneuverability for HS2 construction projects in London.

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The arrival of GRS Group’s latest batch of Mercedes-Benz trucks means the operator is now running the country’s biggest fleet of low-entry Econic tippers.

The three new trucks take GRS Group’s Econic line-up to 15 – all are 3235 models. Based at depots in Rainham, Kent, and Bow, East London, they are working full-time on construction projects in Central London related to the HS2 high-speed rail link.

They were chosen for the unrivalled field of view offered from the driver’s seat, a key factor in allowing the Econic to achieve the highest possible rating from Transport for London’s Direct Vision Standard – a full five stars.

The trucks are powered by 7.7-litre six-cylinder engines that produce 260 kW (354hp) and drive through 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmissions. The operator chose ENA configuration chassis, with single front steer axles, double-drive bogies and rear-steer axles, which allow for an impressively tight turning circle. The enhanced manoeuvrability compared to a standard 32-tonne construction eight-wheeler is a major advantage for operation in the capital.

The Econic’s deep, panoramic windscreen and the full-height, glazed folding side door chosen by GRS afford unbeatable visibility. Coupled with a seating position which is much lower than that of a conventional construction vehicle, this allows drivers to make direct eye contact with vulnerable road users, a major advantage in enabling each to understand the other’s intentions.

The vehicles are also equipped with Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking technology, which boasts an industry-leading pedestrian recognition capability, and an Electronic Parking Brake that is applied automatically when the engine is switched off.

Matthew Johansson, GRS Group’s plant and logistics director, said:

Our decision to invest in the Econic was driven by a desire to go beyond minimum requirements and set the highest possible standards for safety, while at the same time future-proofing our fleet against any tighter future restrictions. We believe these trucks are the best option available for work in the busy urban environment of London.

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