Earlier this week the sun finally decided to make an appearance in the Essex seaside town of Clacton for the handover of a brand-new ‘Vanda Blue’ Mercedes Sprinter minibus to Tendring Community Transport.

Tendring CT’s new ‘Vanda Blue’ Mercedes Sprinter Stanford’s conversion.

Tendring Community Transport is a well-established and accomplished community transport scheme that provides wheelchair accessible door to door transportation to people of all ages. First launched under Tendring Community Voluntary Services in 1993, the charity and its fantastic group of volunteers, focus on providing services to those in need, may it be due to age, mental or physical disability or poverty.

The bespoke extra-long wheelbase Sprinter, designed to meet their transport requirements, was converted entirely by a team of 2 SCW coach builders. With a 6-speed manual gearbox, 100kph speed limiter and tachograph, the 516 Sprinter can facilitate up to 15 passengers or 4 wheelchairs with seats removed.


The SCW double fold-out twin rail side step on Tendring’s new Sprinter.

Entrance into the rear saloon can be via the SCW double fold-out twin rail side step. With its twin rails, the step helps passengers with mobility issues to enter and exit the vehicle in a safer and easier way. The step has been powder-coated yellow for high visibility. Non-slip edging has also been added for the safety of passengers. 

At Stanford Coachworks we ensure that our vehicles are as aesthetically pleasing as they are safe and reliable, therefore the colour scheme inside the vehicle compliments the exterior. Each of the 14 M2 tested rear saloon seats have been upholstered in a new Camira grey and blue honeycomb moquette. To guarantee that the theme is continuous throughout the vehicle we have also reupholstered the driver and front passenger’s seats in the same Camira moquette. 12 of the rear saloon seats include NMI seat fixings with carriage wheels for easy removal.


New Camira moquettes: Tendring’s vehicle featured a grey and blue honeycomb moquette.

To illuminate the rear saloon, we have installed 4 chrome finished LED down lights along with 2 pairs of speakers, matching moquette recessed panels and a roof hatch. For the comfort of all passengers an Eberspacher D4 heater has been installed. 

For those passengers using wheelchairs, we have fitted a Ricon internal tail lift at the rear entrance. Inside of the vehicle, behind the front cab seats, 2 wheelchair clamp storage boxes have been installed for the stowage of any wheelchair restraints. 


Access for passengers using wheelchairs is via a Ricon internal tail lift.

The new vehicle will join Tendring CT’s existing fleet. We would like to thank them for their returning custom and hope that their new accessible Stanford’s minibus helps contribute towards the excellent service they provide for the community of Tendring. 

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