More than 100 new ambulances to hit London’s streets
London Ambulance Service has this week unveiled a brand new fleet of ambulances to help improve patient care and experience across the capital.
Ambulance crews will have the use of 104 new 519 Mercedes Sprinter ambulances. Of these, 81 ambulances are already in operation, while the remainder will hit London’s streets ready for action by the end of August.
The new ambulances will offer a high degree of reliability, with more efficient engines, and in keeping with modern day vehicles, will prove to be more environmentally friendly.
The introduction of the new fleet of vehicles heralds the start of an exciting investment programme the London Ambulance Service is planning to deliver over the next three years. A further 140 new ambulances will be introduced to the fleet – with 70 commencing delivery in this financial year, and an additional 70 during 2016/2017.
As part of this programme, 60 new Volkswagen Tiguan fast responder cars will also be responding to emergency calls by the end of the financial year.
Sean Westrope, London Ambulance Service Assistant Director for Fleet and Logistics said: “Our ambulance crews do a fantastic job day in day out in responding to emergency calls across London, and offering patients the best possible care and experience.
“With that in mind, it is essential that we continue to invest in our fleet of vehicles to ensure our staff can continue to deliver that level of care. This new fleet of ambulances is testament to that commitment.”
Under future plans, new ambulances will be regularly introduced into the fleet to ensure no vehicle is more than seven years old.
Notes to Editors:
High resolution images of the new ambulance fleet are available. For further information, please contact the London Ambulance Service Communications Team on 020 7783 2286 or [email protected]