Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Power engineers get 'Antarctic' vehicle

A vehicle usually used in the Antarctic has been brought in by an electricity supply firm during the severe weather across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Engineers from CE Electric have been having difficulty reaching some areas where faults have been reported because of deep snow and difficult terrain.

So the firm has hired a Hagglund track vehicle which is capable of exerting minimal ground pressure.

The four-tracked vehicle has also been used by the Army, CE Electric said.

A spokeswoman said: "The vehicle has extremely good manoeuvrability and the ability to exert a ground pressure less than half of a man's foot.

"It means the vehicle can negotiate such obstacles as soft snow and can climb a considerable gradient.

"The vehicle is going to be delivered to our depot in Brigg, northern Lincolnshire, and our engineers will be trained how to drive the vehicle by an instructor and it will then be put to use on repair work."

The machine is to be used across South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

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