MAN On ‘Trak’ At Glastonbury
MAN is currently supplying 14 new TGX 26.440 full-air 6x2 rigids to temporary access system supplier, Eve, previously known as Eve Trakway – the first MANs for the Chesterfield based company.
One of the first jobs for two of the new six-wheelers was to supply temporary aluminium roadway at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, the site of Glastonbury Festival at the end of June. The roadway will thus provide easy and speedy access for the many hundreds of road-going vehicles, caravans and trailers requiring access in and around the Festival site.
The 6x2 rear-lifting tag-axle configuration also 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 at the same time providing greater accessibility and higher manoeuvrability when on site.
With the use of the prime-mover’s rear-mounted and radio-controlled Palfinger Epsilon crane, 3m x 2.5m aluminium roadway panels are laid on the ground and bolted together before the truck backs onto the roadway to repeat the process.
“We scoured the market for the right truck,” said Eve’s Fleet Operations Manager, Andrew Rushforth. “and 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.
“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.”
Eve specialises in ‘trakway’ systems, barriers & fencing, traffic management and security. With its head office in Chesterfield, the company also has locations throughout the UK.