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Transport / Over 20 people refused travel on NorthLink ferry

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NORTHLINK Ferries has refused 23 people in the last three weeks for trying to travel to or from the Northern Isles for non-essential reasons.

The ferry operator has been capturing passengers’ reasons for travelling during its booking process.

NorthLink is currently running to a reduced lifeline timetable, with only essential travel allowed.

Serco’s managing director of NorthLink Ferries Stuart Garrett said: “We are currently running an essential lifeline service between the Scottish mainland and Orkney and Shetland and must insist that people do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

“We would like to thank our passengers for their understanding and co-operation at this time and do remind them that by staying at home they are helping to keep themselves and others safe.”

NorthLink has also reduced the facilities on board its boats, including shutting the bars and cinemas.