Transport

Steel shortage prompts delay in Whalsay linkspan refurbishment

PLANS to refurbish the Whalsay ferry linkspan at Symbister have been pushed back until next year due to difficulties sourcing the necessary materials. Members of Shetland Islands Council’s harbour board heard on Wednesday that refurbishments at Vidlin and Skerries were carried out in April and May as planned. But work intended to go ahead in […] Shetland News …


SIC transport chairman backs striking air traffic controllers

THE COUNCIL’s transport committee chairman says he is fully behind air traffic controllers who have chosen to strike later this month. Councillor Ryan Thomson also said it is “utterly shameful and embarrassing for the HIAL board” that Loganair has been forced to cancel all flights to and from Shetland on the strike day. Sumburgh Airport, […] Shetland News …


Loganair passenger says she had not been told of early departure

SOME PASSENGERS on this week’s early morning flights from Edinburgh to Sumburgh were in for a surprise when they learned their plane was leaving 40 minutes earlier than scheduled. One passenger, who asked not to be named, said she arrived at the check-in desk at 6.20am for the 7.30am scheduled flight to Sumburgh only to […] Shetland News …



Council motion calls for air traffic control project to be paused

A MOTION is to go in front of councillors next week calling on Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to pause plans to centralise air traffic control in Inverness so it can give “proper consideration” to a recent islands impact assessment on the controversial project. The motion is proposed by Shetland South councillor George Smith […] Shetland News …


Bill for remote air traffic control project tops £6m so far

MORE than £6 million has already been spent on controversial plans to centralise air traffic control in the Highlands and Islands to Inverness – proposals which local politicians still want to see halted. Included in Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd’s (HIAL) spend, from April 2018 to November 2020, is £2.6 million on the purchase of […] Shetland News …


Health board urges islanders to follow new Covid rules

NHS SHETLAND has said it acknowledges that many people will be deeply disappointed by yesterday’s announcement of tough new Covid-19 restrictions but urges islanders to continue following the rules, difficult as they may be. New measures to prevent the spread of a new and highly contagious strain of the virus will see Shetland placed under […] Shetland News …


Council trials ferry card payments on Bressay route

SHETLAND Islands Council is trialling a card payment system on the Bressay ferry starting from Monday. A debit or credit card payment option will be offered on board the MV Leirna allowing passengers to pay by contactless card, smartphone or using chip and pin. Other payment options, including cash, cheque or account card, will continue […] Shetland News …