G R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher OfferG R Direct - Free Dishwasher Offer
Monday 22 July 2024
 14.6°C   S Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Letters / Report on Bonidale ferry terminal ‘unreliable’

We of the Whalsay Community Council understand from a report in the media that SIC finance is apparently being spent on investigating the creation of a new ferry terminal at Bonidale, this we assume (as we have never had sight of the proposal) is a version of a proposal that was dismissed as unsuitable over 50 years ago, when the Shetland Islands Council approved the alternative construction of two mainland ferry terminals for the Whalsay route. We have been informed that the Bonidale proposal has been investigated and dismissed on various occasions since then.

As we have never been allowed to view the proposal we are not aware of what change of circumstance has made this a proposal worthy of re-investigation and the additional financial expenditure this will involve.
The Bonidale proposal is reported to have an estimated capital bill of £45 million, the Whalsay Councillor Duncan Simpson was reported to have asked if any consideration had been given to widening the road into Vidlin if larger ferries were set to berth there, potentially bringing in more traffic.

Canning said it was not an issue that has been explored at this stage.
So the Bonidale proposal does not appear to include the cost of the construction of a dual lane carriageway from Bonidale to Laxo, this will be a significant additional cost.

The other option is to replace Whalsay’s two ferries with larger 45 metre vessels, redevelop the existing Laxo and Vidlin terminals and move the Whalsay terminal from Symbister to North Voe.

This option would come with an estimated capital bill of £52 to £56.8 million, this includes an estimated figure of £15 million for the North Voe terminal, this estimated figure is half a million less than the figure quoted in SIITS report presented nearly three years earlier, the proposal in SIITS did not appear to include the costs for the connecting roads to the breakwaters, or the construction of parking areas and terminal buildings.

Become a supporter of Shetland News


We conclude from this that the latest report, that appears to omit the substantial costs of shore infrastructure and connecting roads to the proposed breakwaters and ferry terminals; is therefore as incomplete and unreliable as the previous Peter Brett Associates presentation (the SIITS report) and therefore it is our opinion that this report cannot be relied on to be a credible source of information for use in the transport planning of our Islands lifeline transport links into the future.

Ellie Simpson

Clerk for Whalsay Community Council

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.