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Weather / Wind causes significant travel disruption

Some inter-island ferries have resumed services

Waves breaking on the west of Scatness this morning – Photo: Ronnie Robertson

THERE is significant travel disruption across Shetland this morning (Thursday) due to the high winds.

A 76mph gust was recorded at 7am in Baltasound in Unst.

It’s been windy overnight: windsock at Sumburgh airport. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

Most public bus services this morning have been called off, with a review expected at 10am. The Lerwick town service has still been operating to its normal timetable.

All of the inter-island ferry services were suspended first thing this morning. The Bressay ferry has now resumed service across the sound. The Whalsay crossing is operating a single vessel service, and the Yell Sound ferry will commence with a single vessel service from Ulsta at 11.45am. All bookings suspended.

It comes after Shetland Islands Council took the decision to close all schools and early learning settings due to the forecast.

Transport updates and notifications can be found on the front page of Shetland News.

Flights in and out of Sumburgh Airport are also being disrupted.

The NorthLink ferry Hrossey arrived in Lerwick in the early hours this morning after an early departure from Aberdeen.


St Ninian’s Isle beach on Thursday morning. Photo: Dave Donaldson

Due to weather conditions she will depart again for Aberdeen tonight up to four hours being schedule.

The northbound sailing will go ahead as planned.

However, tonight’s two freight sailings have been cancelled.

NHS Shetland said a planned flu and Covid vaccination clinic in Lerwick has been called today.

It also said anyone with an appointment can reschedule if they feel they are unable to attend.

Historic Environment Scotland has also closed Jarlshof today.

The latest weather forecasts can be found here.

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