Transroute Tunnel Operations uses a Multihog MH90 machine to keep the toll plaza at the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel free of snow and ice and safely gritted during harsh winter weather. Transroute is responsible for managing all processes associated with the operation and maintenance of the tunnel, and was asked to operate a Multihog fitted out with winter equipment on behalf of the National Roads Authority (NRA). From the outset the Multihog proved to be absolutely indispensable, allowing the tunnel to remain operational during one of the worst spells of weather ever experienced in the region.
“We previously used external resources for snow clearing, and we could not always rely on these vehicles being where they were needed at any given time due to contractors’ other commitments or adverse weather and road conditions,” says Transroute’s Chief Operating Officer Alex Young. “The Multihog’s immediate availability and flexibility allowed us to react very quickly to prevailing conditions for total control of operations at all times – for example to determine exactly when to lay salt. Without this we would not have been able to keep the tunnel open – the consequences would have meant thousands of HGV’s being diverted through the city in the busy Christmas period, not to mention loss of revenue.”
Transroute’s Multihog MH90 is fitted with a snow plough on the front and a rear-mounted salt spreader, which allows the flow to be adjusted depending on road conditions – reducing costs and material waste. This was much more effective than separate ploughing and spreading vehicles previously used by Transroute, and the Multihog’s compact dimensions also allowed much better access to the relatively small areas around the toll booths.
The Multihog’s versatility has already prompted Alex Young to look into further applications. “We are proposing to the NRA that we get additional attachments on an ongoing basis such as road sweepers and sprayers for cleaning road signs. My impression when I first saw the Multihog was that it was a machine worth snapping up, and this has proved to be 100% the case.”
"The only way to compare the Multihog to other machines is to compare the comfort of an old vintage car to a brand new car. - there is no comparison"
"At that point the snow is super dense, icy and solid; it’s pretty hard to shift, but it’s no problem for the MX. This tractor is really, really good"
"Our asphalt grinding process is faster and more efficient now, we tested it and we’re definitely covering more feet per hour than before"
"The Multihog is a different animal from anything we’ve ever had – the articulation, rubberised tyres and 4-wheel drive ticks a lot of our boxes."
“We try to improve our operations with each new purchase of equipment & this has certainly been the case with the acquisition of our Multihogs"
“I really liked the machine from the first moment I saw it, and it will definitely be a valued addition for smoother airside operations at Bucharest.“
“The Multihog system is simply better all-round, from a cost-performance ratio it is unbeatable and the budgetary savings are positive for everyone"
"We had a huge problem with potholes but our programme of permanent patching repairs using the Multihog has helped to rectify the situation"
"During the very heavy snow in early 2013 the Multihogs were still going strong after four days of non-stop 24 hour operation"
“Throughout our dealings with Multihog the company has been totally customer focused, committed and very responsive to our requirements"
“The ability to use the Multihog for very diverse tasks coupled with a very powerful performance make it an efficient and cost effective solution"
"The crucial factors for us were the quality, high payload, compact dimensions and also the impressive power of the vehicle."
"The quality of the finished cut is very good: thanks to the Multihog’s steering and its weight it doesn’t leave any tracks behind on the grass.”
"For the drivers, the cab is ergonomic, easy to get in and out of & they report that it offers good comfort throughout their shift of up to 12 hours”
"The Multihogs are exceptional - easy to drive, fast and they turn in a very small space"
“I have had a lot of experience with equipment from other manufacturers but in comparison this machine is quicker & much more robust"
"Multihog stands behind their equipment; they're available to answer technical questions for our mechanics and spare parts are available on-demand"