Ward hits top gear




By Mike Travers


Martyn Ward Plant, the heavy earthmoving and equipment specialist, is making fast progress on its £1m contract for the final restoration phase at a former opencast coal site in Ayrshire.

Good weather in the early part of the job helped the Lanarkshire company make strong inroads and it is now nearing the halfway stage of its six-month task of redistributing nearly 700,000 tonnes of overburden, subsoil and topsoil across the Greenburn site in New Cumnock. Kier Minerals owned and operated the site and extracted millions of tonnes of coal over a period of more than 20 years.

The Cat D6T is one of the new additions to the fleet.

There are three separate sections and Ward has six teams working the site, each equipped with an excavator, three dumptrucks and a dozer and supported by other items of kit when required. Making their debuts on the job are some of the latest additions to the fleet, including a Volvo EC480E excavator, a pair of Volvo A45G dumptrucks and a low ground pressure Cat D6T dozer.

Ward has supplied Kier with operated plant since the 1980s and provided other services including stripping new sites, coaling and reinstatement of sites similar to the current contract.

Greenburn could continue to provide energy, however. Kier Minerals and renewables developer REG Power Management are developing proposals for a wind farm. A planning application is expected later this year following a series of exhibitions and further engagement with local communities.


Good weather helped progress in the early days of the contract.


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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 1/7/2019