New trucks at mine site

the three new trucks along with their drivers, Neil Thornton, Noel Johnstone and Mick Hull. Picture by Keith Taylor.
the three new trucks along with their drivers, Neil Thornton, Noel Johnstone and Mick Hull. Picture by Keith Taylor.

A multi-million pound investment has been made at a south east Northumberland surface mine.

Banks Mining has bought new ‘state of the art’ trucks for use at its Brenkley Lane site near Cramlington.

The firm has purchased three Caterpillar 777G off-highway dump trucks, which provide a range of fuel efficiency and operational improvements on previous models, as well as lower noise emissions, improved durability, and easier control systems for operatives.

Gavin Styles, executive director at Banks Mining, said: “It’s important for us to regularly refresh our plant fleet so that we know we’re working our surface mining sites in a safe, responsible and efficient way, with sensitivity for the communities that host our operations.

“The benefits we’re getting from these new machines in terms of reduced noise emissions, improved fuel efficiency and greater operational efficiencies are already clear.”