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Thinner ambulances for Cornwall’s narrow lanes

The fleet of thinner ambulances that are set to be introduced in Cornwall. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

And that is giving our staff the tools they need to go out and do the job they are trained to do.

Parked cars are always a problem for us, and for all the emergency services.

People don't necessarily think about not just the space that they are parking in, but also the width that is available for an emergency vehicle to get past.

It's becoming an ever-increasing problem, but hopefully this will alleviate that slightly being a narrower vehicle.

– Ashley Mann, South West Ambulance Service