Stanford’s first extra-long wheelbase New Generation Sprinter left our blue gates to head to it’s new home of a longstanding customer in Uttlesford last week.

We were delighted to be converting another fully wheelchair accessible vehicle for Uttlesford Community Travel in Chelmsford. The wonderful organisation provides service to residents in the Uttlesford area who either find it difficult to access public transport, are over the age of 60, are disabled or rurally isolated. 

Uttlesford Community Travel’s Steel Blue extra-long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter.

Last week we had the pleasure of delivering their brand-new vehicle. The accessible minibus is based on an extra-long wheelbase New Generation Mercedes Sprinter in Steel Blue and can facilitate up to 15 passengers plus the driver. The vehicle has been installed with our M2 tested flat floor system which eliminates any wheel arch intrusions allowing more space for 14 M2 tested passenger seats in the rear saloon. All of the seats have been fitted with Unwin HAL lockables to allow quick removal for up to 5 wheelchair positions. Each seat has been upholstered in a patterned moquette material with Ambla Ninian wipe clean bases and lower back curve. The interior of the vehicle has been trimmed in a soft feel carpet material which compliments the patterned seats. We have also re-upholstered the single front cab passengers’ seat and drivers’ seat to ensure that it matches the theme throughout. Uttlesford’s Company Secretary, Janice Goodwin, said that ‘it’s better than good, it looks very impressive and the interior colour scheme blends together brilliantly.’

The interior design of the wheelchair accessible minibus.

The base vehicle comes fully equipped with a six-speed manual gear box, Bluetooth, cruise control, 100kph speed limiter and tachograph. SCW have also installed a full CCTV system which includes forward, rearward, side facing and interior cameras to ensure the safety of Uttlesford’s drivers and passengers. We have also privacy tinted the rear windows to give the vehicle a more luxurious look and we have included rear air conditioning to keep passengers comfortable in the Summer weather. 

The front cab of the Sprinter wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Entrance to the rear saloon is via the new style SCW fold out step which is fitted to the sliding side load door. Wheelchair passengers are able to access the rear saloon via a PLS split platform tail lift located inside of the vehicle. 

A PLS internal tail lift has been installed for wheelchair access into the rear saloon.

Unfortunately upon receivable of the minibus Janice Goodwin couldn’t be present for the handover, however she did contact us once she had seen the vehicle for herself and wrote ‘we certainly have a minibus to be proud of and I would like to say thank you for your guidance with the interior design and to your team at Stanford Coachworks for supplying a great looking minibus.’ ‘I know this vehicle has been a challenge but your team have excelled once again.’

Customer satisfaction is extremely important to our team here at Stanford Coachworks so we were especially thrilled to have received such pleasant feedback from Uttlesford Community Travel. We hope that you enjoy your vehicle! 

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