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Bus Changes

Public Bus routes 4 (the Kirkwall Airport bus) and 9 (Kirkwall Town Service) are affected by road closures in place next week in central Kirkwall to allow filming and recording to take place for the St Magnus International Festival which this year is again online.

(St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be closed to the public from 7 – 10 June (inclusive) to allow filming and recording for this year’s St Magnus International Festival.)

Roads around St Magnus Cathedral will be closed between 1.30pm and 4.30pm from Monday 7 June to Saturday 12 June inclusive including Broad Street, Palace Road, Tankerness Lane and part of Castle Street, Victoria Street and Watergate.

Passengers departing from Kirkwall should catch the bus from the Kirkwall Travel Centre rather than from Broad Street.

Bus number 4 will rejoin its usual route at the junction of Junction Road and Union Street. Bus number 9 will rejoin its usual route at Thoms Street.

For more information and advice, contact Stagecoach on (01856) 87 80 14 or the transport team at Orkney Islands Council (01856) 87 35 35 or transport@orkney.gov.uk .

More information about these temporary road closures are available on the Council website www.orkney.gov.uk/Council/P/public-notices.htm

Orkney Ferries Information

Customers are reminded that all travel aboard Orkney Ferries vessels needs to be booked in advance – whether people are travelling with a vehicle or on foot.

The number of passengers travelling on the company’s ferries continues to be restricted by Scottish Government physical distancing requirements. This is still the same for Level 0 Covid restrictions.

Advanced booking is needed to ensure physical distancing is maintained on board.Customers are asked to book travel well in advance if at all possible.

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