County-Durham construction firm Esh Group has invested £1 million in the latest vehicle technology.

The company has brought nine new 32 tonne tipper wagons, which are Euro 6 compliant to improve carbon efficiencies by 16% based on average miles per gallon.

Brian Wray, plant director at Esh Group, said: “Our commitments to operating in a more sustainable way don’t stop on site. As part of our continued drive to reduce carbon emissions, we are encouraging a move to hybrid vehicles where possible for those in the company car scheme.

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"In 2022 we launched a new flexible benefit for our colleagues which allows them to drive a brand-new, ultra-low emission vehicle through a fixed monthly salary sacrifice arrangement.”

Esh Group has invested in a telemetry system that also includes an in-cab drivers lightbar. This alerts the driver to any harsh events, speeding and excessive idling aiming to improve their driving quality.

Brian Wray continues: “The system will help to reduce fuel usage as well as wear and tear on each vehicle.

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"This should help in saving approximately 240 litres of fuel per vehicle based on 15,000 miles, in turn further improving our vehicle miles per gallon."

Esh Group is a leading construction and built environment group of companies which operate across the North of England and Yorkshire. The firm provides civil engineering, commercial build, affordable housing, refurbishment, and retrofit for a wide range of private and public sector clients.

More recently, it has been appointed to work on high profile schemes on the Tyne Bridge and Stockton Waterfront.