Network Rail is adding 29 Iveco Daily 4x4s to its support fleet.
Each vehicle has been specially adapted by Burton on Trent-based LH Access Technology to operate not only on-road and off-road, but also on the railways.
They are being supplied through Iveco dealer Sherwood Truck & Van.
Termed a ‘Road Rail Vehicle’ (RRV), the multi-purpose 5.5 tonne Daily 55S17DW chassis crew cabs will be used for carrying crew and materials directly to site for general maintenance activities.
The Daily 4x4 allows teams to drive straight onto the track, speeding up the time taken to get from an access point to the actual worksite. This helps to reduce the time crews are on-site and means essential repairs cause less disruption to rail passengers.
Prior to entering service, the first Daily 4x4 was put through a rigorous 100 hours of testing to ensure its complete reliability on a section of test track in Nottinghamshire.
Equipped with a factory-built crew cab, the Daily 4x4 can accommodate a driver and two crew in the front, and a further four crew in the rear section of the cabin, with each seat featuring a full headrest.
The cab roof is also fitted with a series of floodlights to meet the requirements for conducting track inspections.