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BBC Filming / Watch out for road closures as crime drama filming moves to Lerwick

Filming on the fourth series has already started and it will head to Shetland for the duration of May. Photo: BBCShetland stars Douglas Henshall and Alison O’Donnell during filming an earlier series of the popular crime drama.

FILMING for the new series of the Shetland crime drama will move to Lerwick on Sunday 11 April.

Scenes will be filmed in the area immediately in front of, and surrounding, the waterfront side of the RNLI building, from 7am until approx. 8pm.

To do this safely the team has been granted a closure of that area to public traffic and all parking there – except in the event of an emergency – for the duration of the filming schedule on that day.

Additionally, a short, temporary ‘stop and go’ traffic management system will be in place on occasions at the junction(s) of Commercial Street, Esplanade and Church Road – particularly first thing in the morning and later that evening.

Traffic holding should only last for a few minutes at a time while actual filming is taking place. There will be no road closures in the surrounding areas i.e. South Commercial Street on this occasion.

The crew has been granted permission to park their technical support vehicles in the public parking bays immediately adjacent to the Water Lane flats and also in the BT yard there.

The team advised to “please be cautious in the area throughout the whole day however, as their will not only be increased traffic in these areas at that time, but also pedestrians too – given we have a number ‘extras’ with us for this day as well.

“As always your co-operation is hugely appreciated and, again, apologies for any inconvenience any of this may cause.”

A letter-drop has also been carried out to all houses in the surrounding area to advice on what is planned for Sunday.

Meanwhile, due to a weather related change in filming plans the temporary stop/go traffic control system for the Quoys area of Nesting has NOT been applied today (Thursday), but will now be in place tomorrow (Friday 9 April) from 8am to 8pm.

Traffic will only be stopped for very short periods of time – no more than a few minutes on each occasion – to allow filming to take place securely and safety.

To discuss any specific issues you may have relating to these restrictions, please call Davie Gardner 07867 654 509, or alternatively the unit manager Chris Groves on 07946 826 721. 

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