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Network Rail swells maintenance fleet with Fiat

Network Rail has taken delivery of the first Fiat Doblo Cargo vehicles it has ordered to facilitate its technicians in carrying out the day-to-day operation and maintenance of Britain’s rail network.

A total of 283 Fiat Doblo Cargo and Doblo Crew vans, all in SWB guise powered by SWB 1.3 MultiJet II 90hp engines, have been ordered for deployment across the UK. The vehicles were sent to Bri-Stor Systems in Staffordshire before delivery to have graphics applied and any racking and storage fitted to the load area.

Network Rail is responsible for the care and maintenance of 20,000 miles of rail tracks and infrastructure as well as 18 major railway stations, 2,500 peripheral railway stations, 8,200 commercial properties and 32,000 bridges and tunnels, not to mention the countless signals and level crossings dotted across the network. Given the importance, complexity and geographical challenges presented by Network Rail’s work, the company said a fleet of efficient, reliable, comfortable and safe vehicles is essential equipment for its frontline technical staff.

‘Being chosen by Network Rail to supply its fleet of maintenance vehicles is not just a major vote of confidence in the robustness, efficiency, versatility and commercial sense of Fiat Professional products, we feel it also recognises the quality of our aftersales care as well as our ability to meet the exacting requirements of every single customer, from individual user-choosers to large company fleets,’ commented Sebastian Fedrigo, head of Fiat Professional UK.

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Fiat Ducato LWB High Roof Van most fuel effective in class

Fleet Van compared The Fiat Ducato van against it’s major rivals in the sector to find it the most cost effective in the field in last months edition of Fleet Van magazine. The Ducato LWB high roof van was been found to have fuel running costs of just 15.13 pence per mile, far lower than all of the competition. Trevor Gehlcken of Fleet Van wrote “These vehicles are as big as you can get without needing an O-licence and tachographs”, he added “the NV400, Master and Movano are essentially the same vehicle, as are the Ducato and Boxer, although the Ducato has it’s own set of engines”.Figures can be accessed free at www.fleetnews.co.uk/vans“.

The Ducato was compared against the Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay, Ford Transit, Vauxhall Movano and the Nissan NV400 in November’s issue of Fleet Van magazine.