NEW ambulances will soon be driving along the county’s roads.

The East of England Ambulance Service pledged to improve and increase its fleet in Essex and will be replacing 33 by the end of April.

Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh said: “We need to get more ambulances on the road treating patients and we also need to ensure those ambulances meet the needs of both the crews and the people they care for.

“It is my ambition for us to have no ambulance or response car that is more than five years old.”

The trust is also replacing 68 rapid response cars with new Skoda Scouts.

Glen Young, EEAST General Manager for Essex, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to replace our older ambulances with these brand new ones.

“It’s important we have as many ambulances on the road as possible and it’s also vital that they are in good working condition so that they can respond to patients in a timely and safe manner.”