Thinner ambulances are to be rolled out across Cornwall in order to cope with the region’s narrow lanes.

The brand new fleet, which will be introduced in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, will feature the latest technology - including a new navigation system.

South West Ambulance Service was granted £6.7million to buy the new vehicles by the Department of Health and Social Care in July 2018.

The ambulances will be rolled out across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Credit: ITV News West Country

A further £1.3million funding was made available to ensure the vehicles met the trust’s high standards, as well as kit them out with the latest equipment.

It is hoped the new, thinner ambulances - which are due to be rolled out by the end of April - will be able to cope better with Cornwall’s narrow lanes.

They will feature the latest navigation equipment. Credit: ITV News West Country

Ashley Mann, of the South West Ambulance Service, said parked cars are often an issue for paramedics trying to reach patients.

This is about not only saving lives, but creating the most comfortable outcome for any individual, whatever their moment of need. We will be able to do that by the state-of-the-art vehicle, the comfort of the vehicle, then obviously the equipment on board.

Ashley Mann, South West Ambulance Service