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Transport / Road between Kergord and Sandwater junction closed due to low hanging power cable

THE B9075 road from Kergord to the Sandwater junction is closed to through traffic due to a low hanging power cable over the road.

Shetland Islands Council said access to properties is still possible where necessary. Road closed signs are in place and the road will remain closed until repairs have been made to the power cable.

The A968 Dales Lees road between Voe and Firth also remains closed for the time being although gritting crews will attempt snow clearance on this route today.

The alternative route on the B9076 via Brae and Graven is open to traffic. Roads are passable with care and council gritters will be out again today (Tuesday) to treat roads and to clear snow where necessary.

This morning nearly 4,000 properties in Shetland were without power due to damage to the overhead network from snow and ice, and there have been numerous reports of low lying or fallen lines.

Forecasts indicate that the cold spell will continue, with snow showers expected later today and increasing northerly winds this evening.

Brae High School has taken the decision to keep the school closed on Wednesday (14 December). All schools apart from Fair Isle are closed today.

The continuing wintry road conditions will affect household waste and recycling collections. Households in the North and West Mainland are unlikely to have collections today, although there will be collections in Lerwick and the South Mainland.

Properties on side roads may not have their bins collected today but staff hope to collect later in the week or over the weekend, when weather conditions allow.

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