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Re: Double Decker?

Subject: Re: Double Decker?
From: Graham . Mundie
Date: Dec 08 2008 08:08:33

The West Sussex bus was purchased last year having previously hired one in 
from one of the bus companies.  After a bit of modification, it came into 
service this summer.  I havn't worked with it myself but have had a look 
over it.  It's big & white with 'West Sussex Highways' plastered all over 
it.  It had lots of local press attention at the time of it's launch, so 
you may find some photos on line (haven't looked myself).  I remember it 
made local TV news too.

It's (obviously) an open top vehicle, with a reinforced, raised platform 
along the nearside edge, for about one third of the length, with railings 
on both sides of the platform & anchor points along the length. 

The practicalities of mounting a chipper down below are still being 
reviewed - there are concerns about weight distibution, vehicle handling, 
vibration, & lisencing issues I believe. 

Current practice involves 2 operatives on the working platform, one 
holding & one cutting.  Arisings are stacked in the well behing the 
platform. Communication with the driver is via the original bell (ding 
ding).  When full, the bus procedes to a pre-designated lay-by & the load 
is offloaded - not sure whether manually or by ropes - to be chipped by a 
waiting chipper.

I can put you in contact with the chap who ran the procurement project if 
you like.  He can give you more detailed info than I can & probably photos 
as well.


Graham Mundie
West Sussex Highways

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05/12/2008 15:56
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Double Decker?

Dear UKTC'ers
Does anyone out there have a photo or information about using a converted
open top double decker for tree works.  I'm sure some where in the deepest
darkest memories having a conversation with someone about this (maybe
somewhere in London) and any info out there would be much appreciated.
If you prefer to contact me off forum details below!
Thanks in advance
Martin Weaver
Arboricultural Officer
Teignbridge District Council
Devon County Council - Area South Highways
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