SOME of London's most famous streets are being kept clean thanks to the oldest and largest manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles in Europe.

Contract cleaning company Enterprise MRS is using three of North-East based-Smith Electric Vehicles' machines in the capital's Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

The machines are used to keep the pavement in top condition, even removing chewing gum from the paving stones.

The company bought the vehicles after winning a three-year contract renewal with the New West End Company, a business-led partnership working to create a more profitable trading environment within the West End.

The company's clean team manager, Bill McCormack, said: "We set very stringent standards of cleanliness for our streets and Enterprise MRS does an excellent job in carrying out this important duty."

Smith Electric Vehicles was founded in 1920 and in October last year was acquired by the Tanfield Group, which has since transferred production from Gateshead to its headquarters in Stanley, County Durham.