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Essential fleet keeps housing association mobile during Covid-19

Housing association Together Housing has enhanced its emergency services during lockdown with the help of a new fleet of 45 converted vehicles supplied through Lex Autolease.

The newly converted vans join Together Housing’s 400-strong fleet

The North-West based organisation has been providing an emergency repairs service during lockdown, as well as continuing vital gas and electrical safety inspections across all of its properties, supported by the arrival of the new vehicles to its 400-strong fleet.

Ordered before the coronavirus outbreak started, the vehicles were partway through being converted, when lockdown came into force.

Despite the restrictions that were in place, a team from Lex Autolease worked with the vehicle conversion partner and Together Housing to get the vehicles completed, before co-ordinating collection. This saw a number of volunteers being transported by minibus to the converter’s site in Wakefield, all while adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines.

The new vehicles will continue to attend customer call outs across the North of England when the outbreak is over.

Melanie Holmes, customer relationship manager at Lex Autolease, said: “It was essential for us to get these vehicles to Together Housing in a safe and responsible way, so they could get more staff on the road and attend emergency appointments.

“It was great to see so many people pull together, to achieve the right outcome, not just for Together Housing, but for its customers, too.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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