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Transport / Amended ferry timetable for three routes

The Whalsay ferry Linga berthing at Vidlin. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council’s ferry service is from today (Wednesday) operating with further changes to its timetables for Bressay, Whalsay and Skerries “to reflect local need”.

According to the council, the changes “reflect the needs of island communities following a period of recent consultation with island residents and key ferry users”.

Environment and transport committee chairman Ryan Thomson said: “Council staff have engaged positively with communities to find solutions for the essential travel requirements of islanders and key workers.

“In recent days, there’s been a high take up of account cards and online bookings for those who need to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.  I’d like to thank island residents, ferry users and Council staff for their help in making these changes and adapting so quickly.”

All journeys must be pre-booked online or through the booking office.

The restricted service time table with its new changes can be found on the SIC website here.

The council has said that people who made bookings according to the old timetable may need to rebook if the times have changed.

Reduced timetables were introduced on Monday (6 April) in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Travel has already been reduced to essential transport only.