The Whalsay Community Council are relieved that the Norwegian tunnel offer is still on the table.
While we appreciate the ferrymen’s commitment to providing the best service they can with the vessels at their disposal, they can’t be expected to work miracles.
Some of the vessels are long past their replacement dates and even the last ones built are nearing 20 years old.
We are told by the SIC that running the present service is unaffordable and we should expect cuts to the service. That in our view is unacceptable for our community, as further cuts to our service will inevitably lead to a further exodus of our youth to the Shetland mainland and beyond.
Therefore a tunnel appears to be the only credible option available for us to sustain our island’s present population and way of life.
A tunnel also appears to us to be the most environmentally friendly and cost effective transport option available for the Whalsay route.
on behalf of Whalsay Community Council