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Transport / Bressay ferry linkspan work scheduled for late May

The Bressay ferry Leirna. Photo: SIC

THE BRESSAY ferry service will operate for foot passengers only during the last weekend in May to allow for planed essential maintenance of a linkspan.

The work will affect the service from 7pm on Friday 24 May to 6am on Monday 27 May, during which time an alternative timetable will be place.

The maintenance involves major structural work which will require the Bressay linkspan to be taken out of use.

During the period of work access will be provided via a gangway from the vessel to the quayside at Heogan Pier in Bressay and via the ro-ro ramp at the Lerwick Ferry Terminal.

Passengers should be aware that the gangway and the stairs on board the vessel can be steep.

The service will be operating a bookings only service for this period.

People are asked to contact the booking office on 01595 7445804. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 8am to 8am-1pm.

On Sunday 26 May the booking office hours will be 8am to 5pm.

The 1845 sailing on Friday 24 May will be the last service to take vehicles from Bressay to Lerwick, while the 1900 sailing will be the last service to take vehicles from Lerwick to Bressay.

There will be no parking available at the Maryfield terminal, the Lerwick terminal or Heogan Pier.

A free bus service will operate between Heogan Pier and the Bressay Public Hall for the duration of the works.

Parking and welfare facilities will be provided at the Bressay Public Hall.

The regular ro-ro service will resume to the normal timetable from the Maryfield terminal in Bressay at 7am on Monday 27 May, weather permitting.

This is the latest in a series of scheduled works affecting linkspans across the ferry network, with work already completed at Skerries, Vidlin, Laxo, Symbister, Gutcher and Belmont.

The SIC’s ferry service apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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