Stanford delivers its first extra-long wheelbase new generation Sprinter

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Stanford’s first extra-long wheelbase New Generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter left the Stanford-Le-Hope factory to head to its new home of a longstanding customer in Uttlesford last week.

Stanford were delighted to be converting another fully wheelchair accessible vehicle for Uttlesford Community Travel in Chelmsford.

The organisation provides service to residents in the Uttlesford area who find it difficult to access public transport, are over the age of 60, are disabled or rurally isolated.

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

The accessible minibus is based on an extra-long wheelbase New Generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Steel Blue and can facilitate up to 15 passengers plus the driver.

The vehicle has been installed with Stanford’s 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 five 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.

Stanford 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 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.

Privacy tinted glass is fitted to the rear windows to give the vehicle a more luxurious look and rear air-conditioning to keep passengers comfortable in the summer weather.