Blakedale | Announcing transatlantic partnership and new Crash Cushion
Road safety vehicle hire and sales specialist Blakedale is announcing a new transatlantic partnership with TrafFix Devices Inc. at the Traffex Road Expo Scotland (Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November). The union with the US manufacturer of highway safety products establishes Blakedale as one of the only UK distributors of the new Scorpion II® TMA (Truck Mounted Attenuator).
A TMA, also known as a Crash Cushion, is a key feature of Impact Protection Vehicles (IPVs), providing vital protection to both road maintenance crews and the public on motorways and high-speed dual carriageways. The Scorpion II is the first MASH (Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware) approved TMA from the US and is also TD49/07 (110kph) approved in the UK, making it one of the safest and most reliable Crash Cushions in the world.
The Scorpion II TMA consists of strut and cartridge sections that are linked together on a support frame. This open cartridge design reduces wind resistance and increases fuel efficiency when deployed on the job site and when travelling at highway speeds. Each energy absorbing cushion has an aluminium honeycomb core that is enclosed by an aluminium powder coated box module that provides maximum durability and longevity.
When impacted, the Scorpion’s modular design crushes in progressive stages, which reduces the impact forces on the vehicle’s occupants and results in lower repair costs and easy parts replacement. The curved side rails are made from corrosion resistant aluminium tubes and offer full-width impact protection along the entire length of the Scorpion II by safely redirecting the impacting vehicle away from the rear of the truck.
When fully deployed, the Scorpion II TMA is only 13′ (4 m) in length, compared to other manufacturers’ units which are over 19′ (5.8 m), thus giving the Scorpion II the shortest overall length. This minimises incidental impacts which further reduces repair costs.
“We are delighted and very proud to be partnering with TrafFix whose commitment to road safety matches our own. With this addition Blakedale now installs, sells, hires and services all the major Crash Cushions – the Verdegro TMA 100 and Blade, Safe-Stop 90 and Scorpion II – to the UK market,” says Richard Smith, Joint Managing Director of Blakedale.