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Fleet of new waste collection vehicles set to hit the road in Swansea

A shiny new fleet of refuse collection vehicles are set to hit the road in Swansea after a £6m investment by Swansea Council.

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The council has signed a 5 year lease for a total of 38 vehicles that will travel for miles around the city collecting thousands of tonnes of refuse and recycling from households.

Included in the new fleet are 22 recycling vehicles that are capable of picking up approximately 9 tonnes of material each.

Three more vehicles will be smaller and able to cope with narrow lanes in rural parts of Swansea. The remaining vehicles will be used to collect black bag waste.

It's hoped the new vehicles will spell an end to occasional breakdowns that the ageing fleet has suffered in recent months resulting in some waste collections needing to be completed a day late.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "Our fleet of collection vehicles travel a huge number of miles each week  collecting waste and our current fleet has certainly felt the strain of the last few years.

"It's been no secret that we have experienced one or two vehicle failures which has affected collections so I'm delighted we are now able to start introducing the new vehicles and ensure residents get the service they expect."

The new state-of-the-art vehicles also feature a number of modern safety features including a warning system on the passenger side of the vehicle to alert the driver of cyclists near the kerb.

Pedestrians who are near the rear of the vehicle are also protected by an automatic braking system.

Cllr Thomas added: "These are large vehicles and we want to ensure other road users are safe when they are near them. We are continuing to promote cycling in the city as an alternative mode of transport and an increase in cyclists is something we need our drivers to be aware of."

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