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Transport / NorthLink ferries return to usual timetable

The NorthLink ferry terminal in Lerwick. Chris Cope/Shetland News

THE NORTHLINK passenger ferries are returning to their usual timetables from this evening (Monday) onwards.

It comes as travel on the ferries is opened up to those visiting family.

The ferries were reduced to a restricted timetable of three trips a week each way during lockdown when bookings were restricted to essential travel only.

Journeys should now be restricted to essential travel, key workers and for those visiting family, with NorthLink requesting that “all travellers consider whether they are adhering to the spirit of government guidelines”.

Serco’s managing director for NorthLink Ferries Stuart Garrett said: “As per the guidance from the Scottish Government, journeys on NorthLink Ferries are restricted to those categories outlined in Phase 2 of the Route Map.

“This includes key workers and those visiting family. You should only travel if you can do so while adhering to the wider government guidelines, with face coverings worn where required. We have published advice on how to travel safely with NorthLink Ferries on our website.”

Bookings must be made in advance either by phoning 0845 6000 449 or 01856 885500 between 8am and 8pm, or by contacting reservations@northlinkferries.co.uk.