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Transport / Symbister linkspan work to get underway next month

Symbister ferry terminal. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council will be carrying out essential maintenance on the linkspan at Symbister ferry terminal in Whalsay early next month.

The maintenance involves major structural work and the linkspan will be taken out of use.

Vehicles will be unable to use the ferries, which will operate as a foot passenger only service during this time to the winter timetable.

The planned dates for these works are from 7.30pm on Friday 1 April to 6am on Monday 4 April, weather permitting.

The last service to take vehicles to Symbister will be the 6.30pm from Laxo.

The last service to take vehicles to Laxo will be the 7pm from Symbister.

Access for foot passengers will be via a gangway from the vessel to quayside in Symbister, and via the ramp at Laxo.

Any passengers who may require assistance are asked to make themselves known to the crew.

Online bookings for this period will be suspended, although foot passengers are encouraged to book through the booking office.

This work forms part of the council’s ongoing linkspan replacement programme,  which has also seen similar work undertaken on ferry terminals at Skerries and Vidlin.

Shetland Islands Council said it would like to apologise for any inconvenience that these essential works may cause.