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New electrical equipment means less environmental impact from tree cutters

4 months ago Wed 23rd Oct 2019

Tree cutting team


Southern Vectis have invested in new electrical equipment for clearing over-hanging trees and vegetation across the Isle of Wight’s road network. 

The Isle of Wight bus operator has purchased new tools from local supplier Albany Garden Machinery - demonstrating its aim to reduce the environmental impact of its activities.

“A number of our team is trained to cut trees and vegetation in order to keep the road network clear,” said Southern Vectis operations manager, Simon Moye. 

“They assess routes and diversions to ensure areas remain clear of overhanging trees in the carriageway - and they also remove overgrown vegetation from bus stops. This is all necessary work, not just to keep our own drivers and safe and comfortable - but to ensure the safety of other road users too. 

“Previously, we used petrol chainsaws, pole saws, streamers and hedge cutters to carry out this work - but we wanted reduce any impact on the environment, so have brought in this new electrical tools. It’s not only our buses that we like to be green. 

“In view of our commitment to the environment, we are very careful about the amount of vegetation we clear - and having this kind of low-impact equipment is a big help. There is a large reduction in noise, and it also means we’re not using harmful fuels while we doing it.

As well as this, there is now a reduced risk because our team is no longer handling, transporting and storing petrol equipment.”

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