New all-terrain vehicles purchased by UK Power Networks, including some from Lynn, proved their worth when they were sent to the snowy north to help reconnect power to homes cut off by Storm Arwen.

They were put to work in remote areas of Yorkshire and Northumberland to give electricity teams access to fallen and broken poles in hard-to-reach areas. Lynn is one of six regional locations where the Unimogs are being based.

Normally the new vehicles are used in the fenlands of Cambridgeshire, the downs in Sussex and remote parts of East Anglia in all weathers.

Electricity operator UK Power Networks commissioned six Mercedes-Benz Unimogs to cope with all ground conditions across the 29,000 square kilometres where it serves 8.3 million customers in the East, South East and London.

The vehicles are used by highly-trained ‘hot glove’ teams working on live overhead power lines that carry up to 46,000 volts.

They also have a two-person bucket for engineers working at heights of up to nearly 15 metres, unlike older versions which had two separate buckets.

They also have a two-person bucket for engineers working at heights of up to nearly 15 metres, unlike older versions which had two separate buckets.

They also have a two-person bucket for engineers working at heights of up to nearly 15 metres, unlike older versions which had two separate buckets.