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Shetland Islands Council

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Shetland Islands Council
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Shetland Islands Council serves the traditional county of Zetland. This includes all of the islands in the archipelago.

All the roads in the authority are non-trunk roads and are maintained by Shetland Islands Council. There are therefore no Transport Scotland Roads in Shetland. As of 2016, Government Statistics say that the council is responsible for 139.8 miles of A roads; 96.2 miles of B roads and 412.4 miles of other roads.

Principal and Classified Numbered Roads

The following is a list of A and B classified roads that are at least partially managed by the authority:

Route From To Length


A968 Hillside, Mainland Haroldswick, Unst 41.9 miles View
A969 Garthspool Clickimin 1.6 miles View
A970 Grutness Isbister 71.4 miles View
A971 Tingwall Melby and Walls 26.0 miles View    
B9071 Culswick Vidlin 26.5 miles View
B9072 Commercial Street King Harald Street 0.2 miles View
B9073 Wick Scalloway 1.4 miles View
B9074 Veensgarth Hamnavoe 7.9 miles View
B9075 Weisdale Laxo 13.8 miles View
B9076 Brae Firth 7.2 miles View
B9078 Hillswick Stenness 5.9 miles View
B9079 Eela Water Ollaberry 2.5 miles View
B9081 Ulsta Camb 12.7 miles View
B9082 Gutcher Cullivoe 2.4 miles View
B9083 Cullivoe Haa of Houlland 1.7 miles View
B9084 Uyeasound turn Uyeasound pier 0.6 miles View
B9086 Haroldswick Stackhoull 2.2 miles View
B9087 Haroldswick Kirkaton 2.1 miles View
B9088 Brough Lodge Funzie 5.9 miles View
B9122 Channerwick Boddam 5.3 miles View     

Classified Unnumbered Roads

Main Article: Shetland Islands Council (Class III roads)

For their Class III road network, the authority uses "C" prefixes.

Road Numbering in Shetland

Road numbering in Shetland is particularly intriguing, because the main A-roads have several spurs bearing the same number. What is more intriguing is that this system predates 1932 (it can be seen on the 1932 edition of the Ten-Mile Road Map of Great Britain), and is virtually the only example of the use of spur roads prior to 1935, with the only other known example being the A708 near Selkirk.

The relative scarcity of maps of Shetland means that we can only date the introduction of the spur roads to some time between 1922 and 1932.


Main Article: Shetland Islands Council (Junctions)

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Shetland Islands Council (Crossings)


The islands are connected directly to Aberdeen on the mainland and also via Kirkwall on Orkney. There is also a network of inter-island ferries operated by the Shetland Islands Council.

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