Driv­ers face five weeks of roads mis­ery

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - An­drea O’Neill Staff reporter

A life­line char­ity that helps the el­derly is look­ing to ex­pand its ser­vice into Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Now Shop­mo­bil­ity in East Kil­bride has is­sued an ur­gent ap­peal for vol­un­teer driv­ers.

It is des­per­ately seek­ing help to en­sure this vi­tal ser­vice keeps op­er­at­ing smoothly.

EK Shop­mo­bil­ity man­ager, Les­ley Macin­tyre, said: “The long-es­tab­lished char­ity, now in its 12th year, gives free­dom and in­de­pen­dence to peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems by pro­vid­ing them with trans­port to and from East Kil­bride town cen­tre.

“We would re­ally like to ex­pand into new ar­eas but we are find­ing it re­ally dif­fi­cult to re­cruit vol­un­teer driv­ers.

“We want to pick up more peo­ple from the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen ar­eas so they can en­joy the ameni­ties of East Kil­bride,” she said.

Shop­mo­bil­ity’s minibus ser­vice col­lects up to 50 reg­u­lar ser­vice users twice a day and drops them home af­ter a day’s shop.

The char­ity also of­fers man­ual, pow­ered wheel­chairs and scoot­ers to shop­pers for a small fee.

How­ever, as the ser­vice be­comes more and more pop­u­lar each year, it is look­ing to ex­pand and add more routes, so Shop­mo­bil­ity des­per­ately need to re­cruit sev­eral more vol­un­teer driv­ers.

Ms McIn­tyre con­tin­ued: “So many peo­ple rely on our minibus ser­vice which col­lects peo­ple at home and brings them to the town cen­tre.

“This re­ally helps peo­ple who are stuck at home to get out and about in­de­pen­dently.

“If any­one who en­joys driv­ing has a few spare hours and would con­sider driv­ing the bus it would help so many more peo­ple.

“There is a real sense of sat­is­fac­tion with the job, our cur­rent driv­ers get so much out of help­ing oth­ers.”

Vol­un­teer bus driver John Miles said: “I thor­oughly en­joy vol­un­teer­ing with Shop­mo­bil­ity.

“It is lovely to be able to help peo­ple get out and about and I can see how val­ued it is by the ser­vice users.

“Many of the ser­vice users find it dif­fi­cult to get to the town cen­tre and I am happy to be giv­ing a few hours of my time to help out. I would rec­om­mend vol­un­teer­ing with the Shop­mo­bil­ity bus ser­vice to any­one.”

Ser­vice user Mar­garet Muir said: “I use the Shop­mo­bil­ity bus ser­vice all the time. It is won­der­ful and I don’t know what I would do with­out it.”

Edith Dun­can, who also uses the ser­vice, added: “I have used the bus ser­vice for many years. It is the only way I can get my shop­ping. What a ser­vice!”

Any­one who wishes to vol­un­teer should con­tact 01355 571300 or email les­ley@ east­k­il­brideshop­mo­bil­ity.co.uk Mo­torists trav­el­ling south f rom Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang on the M74 can ex­pect five weeks of travel mis­ery when a main route at the Raith In­ter­change is closed as part of the on­go­ing road­works.

Works on the main south­bound route be­tween Hamil­ton and Both­well will be­gin on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 26.

The clo­sure will start at the Raith In­ter­change on the M74 and con­tinue be­tween the B7071 Bell­shill Road from Whistle­berry Toll to Both­well Bridge round­about.

Driv­ers com­ing from Glas­gow will have to exit the route early or con­tinue down the junc­tion and exit at Mother­well as a re­sult of the clo­sure.

It comes as part of the ma­jor road im­prove­ments project to im­prove con­ges­tion on Scot­land’s busiest mo­tor­ways, the M8, the M73 and the M74.

Traf­fic man­age­ment means there will be no ac­cess to Both­well or Hamil­ton from Raith, Junc­tion 5 of the M74 and the A725.

On the move Shop­mo­bil­ity has al­ready proved a hit in EK

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