Added extras for Age UK wheelchair-friendly minibus06 July 2012

Added extras for Age UK wheelchair-friendly minibus

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees has taken delivery of a new Citroen 12-seater wheelchair accessible minibus, from Essex-based minibus conversion specialist Stanford Coachworks.

The Relay L4 H2 long wheel base is one of four vehicles delivered in the last 12 months from Stanford, as Age UK's preferred supplier – adding to another four vehicles, similarly adapted, provided by Stanford in 2007 and 2009.

The new bus requirement was urgent, owing to a new contract for Age UK C&K, so Stanford provided its demonstrator, via Toomey Leasing of Chester – with the conversion taking less than two weeks to complete.

Its high-roof, 2.2lt 120bhp minibus came with an extremely high specification with additional optional extras including Eberspacher climate control, satellite navigation, mobile phone preparation and a reversing camera with fold away monitor.

"In normal circumstances, our budget wouldn't allow for the optional extras," comments Averil Thompson, care services executive for Age UK C&K. "Our ex-demonstrator was loaded with extras and, with only 5,000 miles on the clock, Stanford offered us a real knock down on the price tag."

The base vehicle has air suspension with a factory fitted near side sliding door and a 600m/m wide electric side step, with fold-out, high visibility rails.
Semi-recessed low profile Unwin tracking system on a SCW M2 tested floor was also fitted to this bus, allowing easy access and the securing of up to four wheelchair passengers, after the removal of the 11 detachable M2 Pheonix Blenheim single seats. All seats have MN1 seat legs and Ambla incontinence upholstery.

Brian Tinham

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