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Cat machines to work on London Cross Rail project

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Finning help London plant hire firm One Call win business on Europe’s largest civil engineering project

LONDON-based One Call Plant Hire Ltd have been awarded work on the prestigious London Cross Rail project, following the company’s recent investment in 156 new Caterpillar Stage IIIB-compliant machines from Finning. Included in the deal are: 50 Cat 305E excavators; 60 Cat 308E units; 32 Cat 312E machines; and 14 Cat 320EL excavators.

One Call Plant Hire are the recipient of the UK’s first 320EL excavator, which is said to be the only 21-tonne class excavator available in the country that meets Stage IIIB engine emission standards. During testing, the new excavator demonstrated reduced emissions and fuel consumption savings up to 11%, compared with the D-Series.

‘The Cross Rail project is a very high-profile win for One Call, as we are now seen as a low-emissions plant hirer of choice for many businesses working in and around the project,’ said One Call director John Fitzpatrick. ‘We have one of the youngest fleets within the UK, with an average age of just 14 months, and it is very important for us to keep up with technological advances such as Stage IIIB.’

For Finning, the deal represents a significant vote of confidence from One Call in the new Caterpillar range and shows the immediate benefits of upgrading to new Stage IIIB-compliant equipment.

Finning account manager Matthew Revel said: ‘This is a very significant project for One Call as they look to position themselves as a leader in supplying environmentally friendly machines. They are also utilizing our technical services by using Vision Link to track the Cat 320 and Cat 312 excavators that have already been delivered, as this helps them know when the machines need servicing.’

Due to the high level of customer service from Finning, together with the fuel saving and reduced emissions benefits, One Call have placed an additional order for six new Cat 312E excavators to keep up with demand from their customers.  

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