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OIC shares countywide roadworks update

OIC is continuing a number of road works in the county during the next few weeks.

Orkney Islands Council (OIC) has given an update on roadworks under way across the county, or due to start shortly.

The council has advised that some of these may cause disruption to Orkney’s bus network, but has said that up-to-date information on routes can be found on the Stagecoach Live app.

Works scheduled in the coming week are as follows:

Church Road Stromness

This road is currently closed from the cobbled section down near Victoria street, to Franklin Road, for “much-needed” resurfacing work. The diversion for motorists will be via Dundas Street, Hellihole Road, Back Road and Springfield Crescent.

There will also be some shorter road closures on Franklin Road, Springfield Crescent and Christies Brae from time to time while works take place on those junctions, but these will be minimised as far as possible. Work is expected to be completed by April 1.


Road resurfacing works in Harray are ongoing, between Grimeston Road to Refuge Corner, with one lane open and controlled by temporary traffic lights. There may be short durations when the road will be closed to carry out works safely. Drivers should allow for delays.


Road resurfacing works on the A965 main Kirkwall to Stromness road at Finstown are progressing, with the road closed between the access to The Boathouse and its junction with the Old Finstown Road.

It’s expected Phase One of the works will be completed by April 1.

The diversion for motorists and public bus services is via Zions Loan and Old Finstown Road. Public bus services X1, 6 and 8 will follow the diversion and be subject to slight delays as a result.

According to OIC, Works in Phase One have taken longer than originally programmed due to the need for some deep repairs beneath the road’s surface. However, once this is done, Phase Two should follow as planned.

In the meantime, the council has thanked motorists for their patience while we take the time to carry out the necessary repairs on this important part of our road network, to ensure a good result over the longer term.

Phase Two works will be carried out under temporary traffic lights, but will also involve the closure of the Old Finstown Road from its junction with the main A965 to its junction with the Acre Lea Road (access to Firth Community Centre).

Again, there will be a signed diversion route in place but this time via Zions Loan and the A965.

Grainshore Road

Resurfacing works on Grainshore Road in Hatston, Kirkwall are ongoing. The road is closed between the Ayre Mills roundabout and Seafire Road to enable the works to be carried out safely and efficiently. A signed diversion via Hatston Brae and Crowness Crescent is in place.

No public buses are affected with the exception of the X10 late evening Hatston Ferry Link service which will follow the diversion. The works are expected to be complete by April 1.

There are also ongoing smaller works, including:

  • Footpath works in Kirkwall
  • Gateway works at five villages
  • Flagstone repairs in Stromness

Other works scheduled for the coming weeks include:

  • Resurfacing at Sunnybank Road, St Ola from April 11.
  • Kerbing work at Clay Loan from April 11.
  • Resurfacing and patching at Bignold Park Road from April 12.
  • Raised table construction at The Meadows from April 18-29.

OIC would like to thank the public for their understanding as the various areas of works progress, and apologises for any inconvenience caused.