Bus project gets green light

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Countdown -

A com­mu­nity project to help el­derly and in­firm peo­ple from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang get to hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments was one of 10 ini­tia­tives to re­ceive fund­ing from SPT last year.

The CamGlen NHS Pa­tient Vol­un­teer Car Project, which is run by Vol­un­tary Ac­tion South La­nark­shire (Vaslan) was handed £2500 to con­tinue their work.

Mem­bers of the SPT op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee were given an up­date on the project at their most re­cent meet­ing last week.

The CamGlen project is avail­able to res­i­dents who can­not get to hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments. Vol­un­teer driv­ers are used to take them to and from hos­pi­tals, health cen­tres or den­tists. Vaslan say the scheme has en­cour­aged more peo­ple to book ap­point­ments.

A spokesper­son said: “We’ve found it’s made a big dif­fer­ence to the num­ber of peo­ple who don’t make ap­point­ments. Par­tic­u­larly if you are el­derly or in­firm, it is not al­ways pos­si­ble to leap on and off buses, and of­ten bus ser­vices do not cover routes they need. The grant fund­ing has been ex­tremely wel­come, as with­out it, it would not be pos­si­ble to pro­vide this ser­vice for free.”

The money has gone to­wards petrol costs for the vol­un­teer driv­ers who give up their spare time to help out.

There was other good news for trav­ellers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang at the same com­mit­tee. A new con­tract for the 64/164 and 364 ser­vices was awarded for the next three years while a tem­po­rary con­tract for the 46 has been put in place while a per­ma­nent provider is sought.

The 64 and 164 link Half­way with Glas­gow via Park­head and Carmyle while the 364 runs from New­ton Farm through Cam­bus­lang to Park­head. A tem­po­rary con­tract is cur­rently in place un­til July 11 when First Glas­gow will take it over un­til July 14, 2018. Due to the high mileage in­volved, two new SPT ve­hi­cles have been re­leased for the op­er­a­tion of the con­tract, which has a ten­der price of £558,014. The tem­po­rary con­tract for the 46, which runs from Castlemilk to Queenslie, via Ruther­glen, Cran­hill and Green­field, has gone to JJ Travel af­ter First Glas­gow with­drew their com­mer­cial ser­vice. It will run un­til July 11 at a cost of £1990 a week.

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly said: “Pro­vid­ing good bus ser­vices is a big is­sue for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.”

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