Battery power aims to preserve the Sunday morning peace

Battery powered grass cutter

Council workers will be trialling new electrically-powered machinery this weekend - in a bid not to wake the neighbours.

Work on the central reservation and verges on the A184 Askew Road will get underway from 4.00am this Sunday, but workers will be trying as hard as possible to keep the noise down.

The busy dual carriageway which links the Redheugh Bridge with the A1 has housing close by and the council was concerned that the noise of grass cutting and other horticultural machinery so early in the morning might disturb local residents.

So instead of the normal petrol-powered equipment, workers will be using a range of electrically-powered machinery currently on trial with Gateshead Council in a bid to keep the noise to a minimum.

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Above: battery powered strimmers are quieter than two-strokes
Philip Hindmarsh, Gateshead's interim Street Scene Director, says: "We've begun trying out a range of battery-powered machines this summer to assess their long-term viability. They are an attractive proposition because we think they are probably cheaper to run than petrol-engined machinery and less polluting.

"However, they also have the benefit of being much quieter than machines powered by internal combustion engines, so we think they could be ideal for jobs like this - where we need to carry out work early in the morning but don't wish to disturb people sleeping nearby."

Gateshead Council is currently assessing a range of battery-powered equipment including grass cutters, strimmers, hedge trimmers and chain saws. The council has been operating hybrid and fully-electric vans and other vehicles for several years and regularly provides advice and feedback to vehicle and power train manufacturers and to other local authorities.

"Normally, we'd be faced with quite a difficult choice here. Either we'd have to start later in the morning so as not to disturb people's sleep on a Sunday, but then cause inconvenience to traffic for longer, or start much earlier so as not to inconvenience motorists but then end up waking up everyone living nearby.

"Hopefully, this battery-operated equipment should mean we can start early in the morning without disturbing peoples' sleep."

Temporary lane closures will be in place on the A184 from 4.00am on Sunday morning to allow workers safe access to  the central reservation and roadside verges. However, it's expected that the works will be completed by 11am and all lanes will then re-open to traffic.

Battery powered grass cutter
16 August 2019

Council workers will be trialling new electrically-powered machinery this weekend - in a bid not to wake the neighbours.

Work on the central reservation and verges on the A184 Askew Road will get underway from 4.00am this Sunday, but workers will be trying as hard as possible to keep the noise down.

The busy dual carriageway which links the Redheugh Bridge with the A1 has housing close by and the council was concerned that the noise of grass cutting and other horticultural machinery so early in the morning might disturb local residents.

So instead of the normal petrol-powered equipment, workers will be using a range of electrically-powered machinery currently on trial with Gateshead Council in a bid to keep the noise to a minimum.

Battery tool_02
Above: battery powered strimmers are quieter than two-strokes
Philip Hindmarsh, Gateshead's interim Street Scene Director, says: "We've begun trying out a range of battery-powered machines this summer to assess their long-term viability. They are an attractive proposition because we think they are probably cheaper to run than petrol-engined machinery and less polluting.

"However, they also have the benefit of being much quieter than machines powered by internal combustion engines, so we think they could be ideal for jobs like this - where we need to carry out work early in the morning but don't wish to disturb people sleeping nearby."

Gateshead Council is currently assessing a range of battery-powered equipment including grass cutters, strimmers, hedge trimmers and chain saws. The council has been operating hybrid and fully-electric vans and other vehicles for several years and regularly provides advice and feedback to vehicle and power train manufacturers and to other local authorities.

"Normally, we'd be faced with quite a difficult choice here. Either we'd have to start later in the morning so as not to disturb people's sleep on a Sunday, but then cause inconvenience to traffic for longer, or start much earlier so as not to inconvenience motorists but then end up waking up everyone living nearby.

"Hopefully, this battery-operated equipment should mean we can start early in the morning without disturbing peoples' sleep."

Temporary lane closures will be in place on the A184 from 4.00am on Sunday morning to allow workers safe access to  the central reservation and roadside verges. However, it's expected that the works will be completed by 11am and all lanes will then re-open to traffic.

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