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Surface dressing update - Friday 15 June

Surface dressing update - Friday 15 June
14 June 2018

Surface dressing will be carried out tomorrow (Friday 15 June) on the A964 Kirkwall-Houton-Stromness road on the stretch from Houton to Clowally.

There will be a diversion via Scorrodale Road. Drivers should allow an extra 20 minutes travel time. Access to the Houton ferry terminal and Flotta terminal will be maintained around ferry departure and arrival times.

These works will affect public bus Service 2: Kirkwall – Houton Ferry. Buses will not serve Scorrodale while the work is underway.

Service 5: Stromness to Houton will operate via the Scorrodale road while the work is underway.

Once this is complete, surface dressing will be carried out on another section of the same road, in the Kirbister/Waulkmill area between the track west of Waterfold and the junction with the Germiston Road at the Kirbister Loch end.

The official signed diversion will be via the A965 (the main Kirkwall-Finstown-Stromness road). The Germiston Road will remain open as much as possible, however there will be a period of around half an hour to an hour that it will be closed at the Kirbister Loch end while surface dressing operations pass the junction.These works will affect Service 2 - Kirkwall – Houton Ferry.

The 07:15 and 17:10 services from Kirkwall are unaffected. Outwith these times, the bus will not serve Scapa, Orphir and Scorradale. There are a number of departures affected - please check timetables. The route is described below. Ferry passengers please note: Due to diversions described below, bus services are likely to experience delays and may not meet ferry arrivals/departures at Houton.

Routes will be:

(Kirkwall to Houton): Kirkwall Travel Centre Stand 3, West Castle Street, Junction Road, Pickaquoy Road, Hatston Brae, A965, Finstown, A965, Stenness, A964, Clerstrain, Houton Pier Road End, unclassified road to Houton Ferry Terminal.

(Houton to Kirkwall): Houton Ferry Terminal, unclassified road to Houton Pier Road End, A964, Clestrain, A964, Stenness, A965, Finstown, A965, Hatston Brae, Pickaquoy Road, Great Western Road, Kirkwall Travel Centre Stand 3.