Barrier Rigs for Amey Contract

17th June 2020

Palfinger UK – part of T H WHITE Group – has participated with leading infrastructure support service provider Amey and Mercedes Benz truck dealer Rygor Commercials to deliver two multi-purpose barrier rig vehicles as part of a 15 vehicle order, all but one of which are being supplied under a multi-million pound Highways England maintenance and response contract for the north west.

The vehicles will be used on routine maintenance, defect repairs, emergency incident responses and severe weather services over 420 km of motorways and 80 km of A roads in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire.

Built on Mercedes-Benz low-entry Econic 18-tonne chassis, the barrier rigs are fitted with Palfinger PK19.001A SLD 5 cranes which combine a high power lifting system with an intelligent light-weight design, with a maximum lifting capacity of 6,200kg with a maximum hydraulic outreach of 8.1m. Further augmenting the rig’s capability is an Orteco HD 800 truck-mounted pile driver which has a hydraulic rotation system enabling operation from either side of the vehicle, as well as the ability to deliver 680 blows per minute with a 1,060 joule hammer. Devizes-based Palfinger UK has a long-standing association with Amey and undertook both the crane installation and the specialist body-building of the barrier rigs which incorporate a wealth of safety features.

The Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis are 1827L models with 7.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engines producing 200 kW (272 hp). These are paired with 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmissions. Full air suspension is combined with Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking technology. Programmed to recognise other vehicles at higher speeds, as well as pedestrians when moving more slowly, this is capable of bringing it to a complete stop. Single step access and a predominantly flat floor makes for easy cross-cab access, enhancing safety for operatives who may be in and out of the vehicle many times in a working day by encouraging them always to use the safest side.

In building the barrier rig bodies and equipping the vehicles with cranes, Palfinger UK worked with Rygor Fleet Sales Manager Jeremy Price to ensure the finished specification met all Amey’s requirements.

If you have an application that requires a vehicle fitted with a crane and/or specialist bodywork, Palfinger UK can help to guide you through the many options to achieve the best solution. Call us on 01380 733513, or visit