Addison Lee has partnered with coach platform Zeelo to source up to 10,000 vehicles in London through the Coronavirus outbreak. The vehicles will be used to provide safe transport and reliable logistics to support hospitals and healthcare workers.
Zeelo , which operates services for the likes of Ocado and Jaguar Land Rover, is a bus sharing company, providing transport services for commuting, school runs and events, all bookable via a mobile app. Its platform brings together a fleet of more than 20,000 operator-owned coaches.
With public transport levels reduced and a lack of social distancing in place on buses, tubes and trains, healthcare workers need a safe alternative. The partnership includes a multi-modal offer (coaches, cars and delivery vans) giving access to a vast fleet, managed through a central technology platform and operations team.
Zeelois offering dedicated coach services for key workers with social distancing measures in place, as well as extra levels of sanitisation, use of PPE and a no-contact policy to allow hospitals and healthcare providers to give their workers a safe alternative to public transport.
Addison Lee is offering reduced rate private hire car rides to and from all London hospitals using promotional codes. The promotion is part of Addison Lee’s commitment to supporting London’s healthcare heroes, which also saw the private hire fleet launch a Donate a Ride campaign for NHS workers in the capital last week.
In addition to this, Addison Lee’s on-demand courier fleet of 600 vehicles has been made available to support the movement of healthcare supplies across London. The joint offering can be deployed within 24 hours to support urgent requirements.
Addison Lee CEO Liam Griffin said: “In the fight against coronavirus, it is critical that all healthcare workers can get to and from hospitals safely and essential healthcare supplies are transported to where they need to be efficiently.”
Zeelo CEO Sam Ryan added: “Healthcare, food, utility and critical logistics staff, now more than ever need a safe, stress and risk-free way to get to and from work to ensure they can relax and overcome fatigue before heading back to the front line. We are here to help where we can and support to oversee the operations of the services to these key industries so their professionals can focus on the most important job at hand.”