In June 2016, Vauxhall moved its Police car production facility from Millbrook in Bedfordshire to its new purpose built site at the Luton car factory.
This move has made Vauxhall into Europe’s largest Police vehicle supplier, being able to deliver up to 2500 emergency services vehicles per year, and this includes supplying both the UK’s Fire and Ambulance services. It will also enable Vauxhall to respond to the UK’s latest vehicle procurement deal which has been signed by 28 forces and involves more than 3000 vehicles over two years. Vauxhall has responded to the needs of UK Police Forces who require a one-stop shop for blue light vehicles and they ensure all vehicles are fit for purpose when used by the emergency services as well as providing vehicles that are fully equipped and ready for active service when delivered to the customer. Vauxhall’s turnkey solution also includes full maintenance provision during the vehicle’s lifetime and extends to in house decommissioning services; all these elements of support removes many of the headaches of the past encountered by Emergency Services Fleet Managers.
As part of Vauxhall’s turnkey solution, they are keen to ensure that where possible the Bluelight content is supplied by UK companies which includes Woodway Engineering. Currently, the British content figure for converting a standard Police vehicle stands at an impressive ninety percent.
Woodway has been part of Vauxhall’s supply chain for over ten years, building blue light equipment in our registered ISO 9001/2008 Coventry factory; this factory certification ensures quality and conformity of manufacture to companies like Vauxhall.
“Woodway have continually delivered the quality product demanded by the emergency services and this backed up by service and warranty fits with our philosophy to provide our customers with a total vehicle solution.” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s Manager Special Vehicles
The Justice lightbar was selected by Vauxhall for its reliability and performance and its ability to fit to a wide variety of vehicles in the Vauxhall range from the GP vehicles like the Astra and Corsa to the larger Movano and Vivaro commercial vans. In addition to the Justice light bar, Woodway supplies Vauxhall with Vertex, IONs and Linz 6 light heads and siren systems.
Thank you to Vauxhall for their cooperation in the production of this article.