Report on transport costs published by International Students
Students from the University of Flensburg, in Germany, have published a report on the cost of
transport on Rousay, Eday and Kirkwall.
10:52 Fri 23/04/2010
The eleven students, as part of their 18-month, Energy and Environmental Management Master of
Engineering course, travelled to the islands of Eday and Rousay in March, surveying residents
on both of the islands.
The report compares the cost of transport to the residents of Eday and Rousay, as well as the
main town of Kirkwall.
The report concludes that transport costs in Rousay are, on average, higher than those in
Eday, although it suggests that this is because Rousay residents travel to the mainland of
Orkney more frequently than the residents of Eday. In addition, most from Rousay need some
form of transport on arrival at Tingwall Ferry Terminal, to travel to the main towns, such as
Kirkwall, whereas Eday's ferry service travels direct to Kirkwall, thus lessening the need
for further transport. Naturally, transport costs for residents of Kirkwall are lower than
that of Eday and Rousay.
Interestingly, however, the report reveals that 25% of households in Eday come under
"transport poverty", compared with the slightly lower, 22% in Rousay. Households prone to
"transport poverty" are defined as those spending more than 8.3% of their total household
income on transport - suggesting that, on average, Rousay residents earn more than their
The report looks at several solutions to the high costs, including the construction of a
bridge between Rousay and the mainland of Orkney - an idea that was subsequently disregarded
due to the lengthly estimated payback period of 192 years.
Recommendations suggested for Rousay, include:
- more reliable public transport links between Kirkwall and Tingwall
- reduced prices at the local shop, particularly on meat products
- the introduction of an LNG ferry, which would emit less pollutants than the current
The full report can be viewed here.