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The Bressay shopper bus on the Bressay ferry. Photo: SIC

A SERIES of forums are set to be established around Shetland to provide people the chance to have their say on the isles’ transport needs.

Set up by ZetTrans, Shetland’s transport partnership, the area transport forums will be will take place twice a year across the islands.

These meetings will provide the foundation for ongoing dialogue on all transport issues with individuals, communities, groups and businesses, according to ZetTrans.

The first round of meetings are scheduled for late August and early September.

The forum areas will cover:

  • Central Mainland, Scalloway, Burra and Trondra
  • Lerwick and Bressay
  • South Mainland and Fair Isle
  • West Mainland, Papa Stour and Foula
  • Whalsay and Skerries
  • North Mainland
  • Unst, Yell and Fetlar

ZetTrans is also seeking nominations from communities together with individual representatives across Shetland to sit on the forums.

Lead officer Michael Craigie said: “It is important that ZetTrans connects with people from all over Shetland and from all walks of life.

“We are particularly keen to hear from local businesses, health care providers, patients, carers, students, education and training providers, families with young children, people with mobility or access needs, elderly people, those on low incomes, and current or prospective users of public transport, active travel or car sharing.

“Participation in the forums will make a real difference and will ensure that communities are actively involved in ongoing service provision in Shetland.”

Anyone interested in being involved as a member of their local forum is asked to send contact details to zettrans@shetland.gov.uk or telephone ZetTrans on 01595 744868 before 31 July.