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Volunteers sought for Ludlow 'Dial a Ride'
6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
THE new Ludlow ‘Dial a Ride’ bus service needs more volunteer drivers.
Know as ‘Ludlow Traveller’ the bus service needs volunteer drivers to come forward to help a growing number of people signing up to use the new service.
The service, which is being funded by a Government sustainable transport g rant awarded to Shropshire Council, will use a 14-seater minibus and a wheelchairaccessible people carrier.
It will take people who currently find it difficult to access existing public transport from their door to their destination to go shopping, meet friends, make medical appointments or go on group outings.
The minibus will be available on three days of the week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and the adapted people carrier seven days of the week.
Both vehicles will be based at Helena Lane Day Centre in Hamlet Road.
The service will be run by an existing Shropshire community transport scheme which will register new members and bookings using the local booking number 01584 700907.
Routes and schedules can only be established when available volunteer drivers come forward. Volunteers need a clean driving licence and a Disclosure and Bar ring Service (DBS) check (the new name for a Criminal Records Bureau check).
There will be a free one-day MiDAS training course delivered locally. Drivers can leave their cars at Helena Lane while out driving the vehicles.
Chairman of the steering group overseeing the introduction of the new service is Councillor Rosanna Taylor- Smith.
“It is encouraging to see the level of interest in the new service, but if demand is to be met and for the service to flourish in the future, it’s really important the service recruits sufficient volunteer drivers,” she said.
Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, believes the service is a good example of communities working together.
“The Ludlow Traveller is a great example of what communities can do, with the help of local councillors, to provide services specifically tailored for their area,” she said.
“If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver and helping provide this very important service we would be delighted to hear from you.”
To volunteer or find out more, call the Ludlow Traveller on 01584 700907.
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