Most difficult year to date for local transport partnership

The council’s transport partnership is recovering from its most challenging year since it was formed in 2005.

ZetTrans chairwoman Iris Hawkins says a severe and prolonged winter coupled with the public sector squeeze have left the partnership facing difficult problems during 2010.

In the partnership’s annual report, due to be discussed by members on Monday, she says staff resources have been at the lowest level since it was established. However, she vowed to safeguard “lifeline” services during the year ahead.

“This is the most challenging year to date for ZetTrans since the partnership was established,” Mrs Hawkins states in her introduction to the report.

She writes: “The most severe winter on record was followed by considerable economic pressure on the public sector and staff resources have been at the lowest level since the partnership was established.

“The recent spending review announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 2010 informs us of further cost pressures in the next few years.

“It is likely that our economy will change as a consequence of reduced public spending and it is important that in this time of difficulty ZetTrans continues to deliver the key transport services that Shetland needs and works to develop innovative solutions to meet changing needs with less resources.

“In the coming year we will safeguard the lifeline services that are essential for our health, our education, our livelihoods and our social needs.

“We will continue to work with our community planning partners to deliver the regional transport strategy vision and objectives.

“The financial climate, rising fuel prices, safeguarding our lifeline links and protecting our special environment are the challenges for ZetTrans in the year ahead.”


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.