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The Bressay shopper bus on the Bressay ferry. Photo: SIC

PEOPLE are being invited to share their views on the development of transport in Shetland and to the Scottish mainland.

It comes as Shetland’s regional transport partnership ZetTrans looks to form a new strategy for the next 20 years.

ZetTrans said the strategy will set the framework for a future transport system that reduces inequalities, takes climate action, helps deliver inclusive economic growth and improves individual health and wellbeing.

The surveys are being conducted by Stantec UK Ltd on behalf of ZetTrans. Two surveys have been produced – one for internal transport such as local bus services, and inter-island transport; and one for transport connections to the Scottish mainland.

Each survey aims to gather views on how people travel and their reasons for doing so, as well as overall satisfaction with transport services.

Businesses, community groups and industry bodies will have the opportunity to contribute separately to future meetings to help shape the eventual strategy.

The surveys can be found here.

All responses are anonymous and the deadline for participation is 5pm on Friday 29 October.

Anyone who would prefer to complete the survey by phone or would like a paper version, contact 0131 297 7010 or ZetTransRTS@stantec.com.

ZetTrans chairman Ryan Thomson said: “We know that transport is a key issue for so many people in Shetland.

“It’s really important that we hear from everyone with their views on what matters to them, whether it’s internal transport or to and from the Scottish mainland.”