Worcester City Council takes delivery of Swingo Compact Sweepers

Published:  01 July, 2019

Worcester City Council is employing three new Euro 6-compliant Swingo 200+ compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt to keep its city centre and tourist attractions clean.

Worcester is a major tourist attraction with more than three million visitors a year visiting the city to see the world-renowned cathedral, the river Severn flowing through its centre, the sporting facilities that include country cricket, rugby and horse racing, and the quality shopping on offer.

With so many visitors a year, keeping the city – especially the pedestrianised centre – looking clean and tidy is one of the City Council’s top priorities.

Replacing an existing fleet of compact sweepers, the new Swingos are being used on a daily basis by the city’s Street Scene team and join an existing machine the Council has used for the last two years, taking Worcester’s fleet of Swingos to four.

The Council ordered the new Swingos after evaluating them through a formal procurement process.

Operating every day, the Street Scene team’s first shift begins at 5.00 am in the city centre. By the time most visitors have arrived, this area will already have been thoroughly swept and cleaned with the Swingos.

After the initial early morning shift, on Mondays-Fridays the Swingos go to work in the wider area of the city centre and the outlying areas of Worcester.

The Council’s initial Swingo, which has been used since 2016, was ordered with an optional scrub deck, and Environmental Operations Manager (Waste & Fleet) Kevin McFeeley specified an interchangeable scrubbing deck as an option for one of the new machines as well.

Kevin said: ‘The Swingo can easily be converted from a sweeper to a scrubber with the use of the optional scrubbing deck. This is very simple to do and can be easily changed by one man.

‘We have found the scrubber to be invaluable to clean up after the late night revellers in the city and to get rid of whatever they leave behind, and decided to specify one of the new machines with a scrub deck as well, in order to double our cleaning power.”

The drivers like the comfort and air conditioning of the ergonomically-designed Swingo cabs, the tight turning circle, and the Swingos’ ability to clean up anything, anywhere.

Nicholas Cox and Dave Drummond from the city sweeping team and Karl Rolf from general street scene operation have been trained in the use and maintenance of the Swingos, and are now using them to make a real difference in the city centre. Ron Davies from the city centre team has also become the City Council’s in-house trainer.

Street Scene Manager Mark Baylis said: ‘The addition to our fleet of these three Swingo machines means our city centre sweeping crews have tools at their disposal to deliver excellent services to the visitors and residents of Worcester.’

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