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London Ambulance Service and other big fleets
Tue 12/12/17, 23:49
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I recently published a photo of a preserved London Fire Brigade recovery truck. Comments on this led me to a current fleetlist for the LFB, which I didn’t know were still available. I was also rather surprised that the total LFB fleet (including a fair number of cars and other support vehicles) came to under 500 vehicles. This got me thinking about the sizes of other ‘fleets’ in the London area. I know that there are just about 10,000 red buses in London (more than ever before) but these are split across several companies. Other large users of vehicles would be the Royal Mail, the Metropolitan Police and the London Ambulance Service. Network Rail must have quite a lot as well.

In a lull at work the other day I searched for a fleetlist for the Ambulance service. There were a couple on the ‘What do they know’ website, though most had parts of the requested information witheld for security reasons. I did find one recent list with fleetnumbers, types and allocations (but not registration numbers) and this showed several curious similarities. The LAS fleet has about 1,000 vehicles, pretty much the same as the liveried LUL/LBSL/TfL fleet. It uses four digit fleetnumbers allocated in chronological order, albeit without suffixes. By coincidence, the most recent deliveries to the LAS are in the 84xx series, only very slightly behind the SV fleet. The turnover of vehicles does seem to be somewhat lower, the average age being higher. One marked difference between the two fleets is that the LAS makes no use of Ford products (unless you include a handful of Ivecos). The most common type is the Mercedes Sprinter ambulance, along with quite a lot of Vauxhall Zafira and VW Tiguan response cars.


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