Transport

Local politicians not won over by transport priorities report

DISAPPOINTING and lacking ambition – these are two terms which have been used by local politicians about a report on future transport investment which has been published by the Scottish Government. There is also continued criticism that fixed links for Shetland do not feature in the government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2). The report is […] Shetland News …


Loganair returns to profitability after two years of losses

LOGANAIR, the UK’s largest regional airline providing lifeline services to the Scottish islands, has filed profits before tax of just under £5 million for the last financial year. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the return to profitability after two years of losses due to the Covid pandemic, was achieved on a turnover of £161 […] Shetland News …



Bergen flights to return for first time since before pandemic

DIRECT flights between Shetland and Bergen are resuming this weekend as the service takes off for the first time since before the Covid pandemic. The Sumburgh-Bergen Loganair service, which will run twice a week, will resume from tomorrow (Saturday). It is a seasonal offering in the summer months, so the last time the flights ran […] Shetland News …


Space can be used as lever to help drive fixed links, Strang believes

THE SAXAVORD Spaceport team is trying its “very level best” to help make fixed links in the North Isles happen, according to its CEO. Speaking to Shetland News this week, Frank Strang reiterated his belief that a spaceport being built in Unst would accelerate the argument for tunnels in the North Isles – and potentially […] Shetland News …


Don’t forget about Bressay when it comes to fixed links, councillor urges

A COUNCILLOR has claimed Bressay has “without question” been left out of recent debate and discussion on the prospect of fixed links in Shetland. Stephen Leask, who represents Lerwick North and Bressay, alleged that while Unst, Yell and Whalsay get plenty of publicity around the “need” for fixed links, his own island constituents are “more […] Shetland News …


Bressay ferry back on restricted timetable due to Covid isolation among crew

THE BRESSAY ferry service will again operate to a restricted timetable from tomorrow (Friday) due to Covid isolation among crew. Shetland Islands Council said that following recently announced government guidance to reduce the isolation period, it is hoped that services will be able to return to normal on Friday 14 January. Wherever possible crews will […] Shetland News …



No reason to review the decision to remove islander discount, NorthLink says

NORTHLINK has robustly defended of its decision to withdraw the 20 per cent islander discount for meals and drinks on board its passenger vessels. The lifeline ferry operator drew the wrath of islanders last week after making the change on 1 December without any consultation or any prior warning. But speaking at a virtual meeting […] Shetland News …


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 …