NHS Western Isles have seen numbers of people who have tested positive jump by another four to 16 people, along with what they say is a ‘substantial’ number of people who are self-isolating as close contacts of someone who has tested positive.
Due to a shortage of bus drivers, a Comhairle spokesman said on Friday: “A number of positive cases and the resulting Test and Protect self-isolation measures has resulted in a significant reduction in the available bus driver pool in both Bus na Comhairle and the private service providers. In these challenging circumstances, the difficult decision to suspend services was the only appropriate option.”
This new outbreak has had a direct impact on local public transport, and revised timetables are now in force, from March 8-12.
These changes are:
Operating with new COVID-19 revised Temporary Timetable which can be viewed at: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16858/w1-ness-to-and-from-stornoway-temp.pdf
W1a Ness Feeder
Please contact operator for update, phone 01851 810323Ness Evening Service Cancelled.
W2 Westside Circular
Operating as per revised temporary timetable, which can be viewed at: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16859/w2-westside-circular-to-and-from-stornoway-temp.pdf
Please Note The 07:00 Carloway Early Worker Bus will also operate and continue to Stornoway and should be booked with Galson Motors on 01851 840269
Westside Evening Service is cancelled.
Contact Operator, Service will connect with W2 as per W2 revised timetable and Uig timetable, which can be viewed at: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16859/w2-westside-circular-to-and-from-stornoway-temp.pdf
Contact Operator Peter Maclennan, Service will connect with W2 Revised Timetable (see link above) and as per timetable for service arriving Stornoway 10:05 and Departing Stornoway at 12:00.
Operating as per revised temporary timetable, which can be viewed here: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16860/w5-point-to-and-from-stornoway-temp.pdf
W5A Back and Tolsta
The Comhairle has not yet confirmed a timetable for this route.
W7 Town service
All dedicated runs cancelled, see W5 Point Revised Timetable above for services that are operating.
Operating as per revised temporary timetable. Please visit: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16861/w8-ranish-to-and-from-stornoway-temp.pdf
Please note all evening services are cancelled.
W9 South Lochs
As per Timetable with 15:45 from Stornoway requiring booking on Monday to Thursday- cancelled on Fridays.
W10 - Stornoway to and from Tarbert
Operating as per revised temporary timetable, available at: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16862/w10-tarbert-to-and-from-stornoway-temp.pdf
W10a - Tarbert to and from Leverburgh
Operating as per revised temporary timetable. See here: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/16863/w10a-tarbert-to-and-from-leverburgh-temp.pdf
W11 to W13 & W15 Harris
As per Timetable but contact operator to confirm.
Monday to Friday12.:50 Dept Outend – cancelled
Monday to Thursday13:40 Dept Tarbert - cancelled
Otherwise, as current timetable
Please note ALL the above timetables are subject to change at short notice.