Transport

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 …


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 …