Bucks-based turf, topsoil & aggregates supplier, Springbridge Direct continues to invest in its truck fleet, taking one of the UK’s first new IVECO X-WAYs. Joining the new WAY range of heavy trucks, the IVECO X-WAY embodies the perfect crossing between comfortable on-road driving and off-road robustness for those last mile deliveries away from the tarmac.
A family-run business, Springbridge is one of the leading suppliers of turf in the south of England and currently run 19 heavy trucks, 18 of which are IVECO. Supplied by long-standing IVECO dealer, Northern Commercials in Hildenborough, this new vehicle is the first of its new-generation IVECOs to arrive, but notably, is slightly different to its normal 8×4 tipper-grabs
The on-road homologated AD350X46Y/PS ON has been decked out by Colliers Truck Bodies with a flat-bed and rear-mounted Palfinger PK.501 SLD5 crane, destined for work on the turf, pallet and bulk bag delivery arm of the business.
Until now, the company has relied on an artic and two 44t IVECO drawbar units for this, however the new truck enables much easier access to a wider variety of locations, both business and private. The 8x2x6 axle configuration, means that the rearmost steering axle can be pneumatically lifted, minimising wear on lighter runs, maximising payload on heavier jobs, yet affording the driver precision manoeuvrability despite its sizeable 6050mm wheelbase.
Powering the truck is IVECO’s 11.1-litre CURSOR 11, in this case supplying 460hp and 2,150Nm through the 12-speed HI-TRONIX automated gearbox. A hydraulic ZF NH/4C Power Take Off pump takes care of the auxiliary body equipment, while IVECO’s patented HI-SCR exhaust system deals with particulates without the need for high-temperature or time-wasting stationary forced filter regenerations.
Adding sophistication to the clean and simple white and black bodywork, the truck is fitted with the Premium Style Pack which brings chassis-mounted air horns, aluminium air tanks, an external sun visor and colour-coding to the IVECO X-WAY’s standard-fit steel-reinforced ‘hybrid’ front bumper. Elsewhere it features servo-assisted cab tilting, LED hazard beacons, rear cab windows, Alcoa Diamant alloy wheels and the well-received 7” touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, smartphone mirroring and TomTom LIVE truck-biased navigation.
As Springbridge Direct operates responsibly, and often within London, a FORS Gold accreditation mandates fitment of a full suite of safety equipment, therefore the new truck is fully complimented by under-run protection bars, illuminated cyclist warning boards, audible turn warnings, a side-scan system and 360-degree cameras.
“What brought us to the IVECO brand was the value for money, buying ex-Clancy Docwra Trakkers about 15 years ago. In 2016, we were after some brand-new trucks, and they introduced us to Andrew Smith at Northern Commercials who I’ve been dealing with since. I haven’t bought any new trucks from anyone else since,” commented Springbridge’s Operations Director, John Keating.
“Our latest IVECO X-WAY looks very smart and has a fantastic payload too, near-on 20-tonnes! Northern give a great level of service and offer very good back-up support.”
The company employs a five-year replacement strategy, with this and two more new IVECO X-WAYs due in March replacing a handful of 300,000km 65-plate Trakkers. Serving London and the home counties, Springbridge doesn’t have to cover a great deal of distance, however this policy maximises resale value, while ensuring that all vehicles meet the latest safety and emissions standards for the capital. Just as importantly though, they remain clean and shiny.
Commenting on the handover, Gareth Lumsdaine, IVECO UK Heavy Business-line Director said, “Taking the best of the new WAY range and adding in extra toughness, IVECO X-WAY makes for a comfortable, reliable and hard-working truck for operator and driver, whether they’re pounding smooth tarmac or mud-plugging across rutted construction sites. Springbridge have sampled its forefathers over many years now and we’re pleased that the lightweight but heavy-duty chassis is paying dividends already.”
Launched in 2021, as a tractor or rigid, IVECO X-WAY will provide the comfort, flexibility and reliability required in time-sensitive construction environments with an enormous range of chassis lengths, axle layouts and powerful CURSOR engines.