Bus operator Abellio London has deployed five sets of Stertil Koni mobile column lifts for the workshop at its new bus depot in Southall.

One of six London depots, Southall is home to 107 buses – single- and double-deckers – and engineers carry out work on at least 35 vehicles each work in the workshop.

Each of the Stertil Koni mobile column lifts, type ST1075FWA-4, provides a lifting capacity of 7.5 tonnes per column, with a combined capacity of 30 tonnes when used as a set of four.

The unit reaches maximum lifting height of 1.85m in 75 seconds, and each column is fitted with the eBright smart control system, with colour touchscreen consoles for easy operation.

In addition to the five sets of wireless mobile column lifts, Stertil Koni also supplied the depot with other equipment including 12 tall axle stands, eight medium axle stands and three sets of access steps.

“As a group, we have relied upon Stertil Koni wireless mobile column lifts for a number of years across our depots,” says Ken Fennell, head of facilities at Abellio London.

“We appreciate the flexibility that the lifts provide for our engineering function and we recognise that they eliminate many issues where the use of traditional lifts would present a risk.”