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Transport / New bus timetable in place from Monday

The arrival of the new timetable marks the end of an era. After 100 years of providing public transport John Leask & Son cease trading. The photo (a joint effort of Reuben Farr and Martin Scaife) shows a Leask of Lerwick bus at Heylor earlier this week.

WITH SHETLAND’s new bus timetable taking effect as of Monday a reminder has gone out to the travelling public that capacity on public transport continues to be restricted with social distancing rule of one metre in place.

The new timetable, part of a new £4.8 million five-year contract between Shetland transport partnership ZetTrans and a number of local transport operators, features some significant changes including an increase in the frequency of the Lerwick to Sumburgh service and a reconfigured Lerwick town service.

ZetTrans said that following feedback from service users the town service includes again a north loop and a south loop, taking in the Shetland College on every north journey.

Other services across Shetland have had minor alterations, including changes from scheduled routes to dial-a-ride routes which are bookable in advance, and timing alterations to enable services to have the best connectivity possible across the network.

ZetTrans added that face coverings are mandatory on all services, unless prevented by a medical condition.

Bus fares remain unchanged and payment can be made using contactless cards, local bus cards which can be topped up on board, or using cash (exact fare only).

ZetTrans chairman councillor Ryan Thomson said: “The introduction of the new bus timetables sees services in Shetland strengthened, and resources applied effectively and efficiently across the network.

“The increase in journeys available on the Sumburgh route, ensuring that vital lifeline links can be reached more frequently, and the improvements to the town service, are an illustration of the commitment of ZetTrans to deliver services, with passengers involved in that process.”

The new timetables can be found on the ZetTrans website with printable formats included. There is also a list of transport companies running the services for the next five years.

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John Leask & Son to cease trading in September