A968 (Lerwick - Sumburgh)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||24.4 miles (39.3 km)|
|Met:||A969, B9073, B9122|
|Now part of:||A970|
|Route outline (key)|
The A968 is described in the 1922 Road Lists as Lerwick - Channerwick. It started on the A969 in the centre of Lerwick and headed south along the east coast of Mainland to Channerwick, where it morphed into the B9071.
By 1932 the A968 had been extended further south by about half as much again along the whole of the ex-B9071 to reach Sumburgh, where it ended in the centre of town, thus connecting Shetland's capital to its southernmost point.
The entire A968 was renumbered as a southern extension of the A970 after World War II. The route number was moved north around the same time to create a new A road across Yell and Unst. Sumburgh's airport has since severed the southern end of the old A968 and a new road built around the airport runway.