Please be advised that due to a number of operational reasons, we have postponed some of the surface dressing work described below.
We expect to resume surface dressing on Thursday (31 May) on the A967 between Quoyloo Road and the A986 Twatt junction.
We will also start work on the A986 from Refuge Corner to Bimbister Road. This work is expected to continue into Friday (1 June)
At this stage, we would not expect to be working on the A965 (Kirkwall – Stromness road) from Binscarth Farm to Germiston Road until early next week (week starting Monday 4 June). We will update further as soon as possible.
Surface dressing of the county’s roads continue next week (starting 28 May) across several locations in Orkney - including on the main Kirkwall to Stromness road.
It’s expected work will take place, weather permitting, as follows:
Roads will be closed in both directions while surface dressing is being carried out, with closures in place from as early as 06:00 and as late as 18:00. Therefore the public – including secondary school pupils currently travelling into schools for exams - are reminded to check for road closures, diversions and bus service changes that could affect them.
School transport buses will be escorted through the work sites.
Public buses will be permitted through work sites during peak hours only (before 09.30 and after 16:00). More details on bus services impacted are available below.
Roads will be closed to all other traffic, with the exception of emergency vehicles.
Bus services affected:
The works on the A986 (Refuge Corner to Bimbister Road) on Tuesday 29 May will affect Service 7 (Stromness and Kirkwall to Birsay via Dounby). The 06:34 and 07:34 services (departing Stromness) and 17:35 service (departing Kirkwall) are unaffected. Outwith these times, the bus will not serve Finstown (Baikies), Harray Road End to Dounby.
The roadworks on A965 from Binscarth Farm to Germiston Road will affect three public bus services: