Sunday 25 May 2014

Summary of recent news

Items covered:

-  Preparations for airport runway works continue.

-  Superfast broadband for Scilly expected by end of 2014

-  IOSSCO announces new operations coordinator position.

-  New Scilly tourism website online

 Preparation for IOS Airport works continue.

Scilly Today has been keeping islanders informed on the movement of machinery and materials for forthcoming runway works. Laggan Construction Ltd have been trying to move thousands of tonnes of aggregate to site through narrow roads on St Mary's whilst minimizing inconvenience to islanders.

Read Scilly Today news items on 22 May here and 15 May here.

The Laggan Construction Ltd website summarized the project (one of 3 airport projects it has recently won contracts to deliver) in a Company news item on 3 March as follows:

The St Mary’s Runway Resurfacing contract on the Isles of Scilly is valued at £3.7 million and will involve runway resurfacing and reconstruction which includes the upgrading of airfield ground lighting, drainage and apron reconstruction. The contract is due to commence in March/April 2014 with expected six month duration.

Islands to get superfast broadband by end of 2014 

From Scilly Today 15 May. The House of Lords Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sports has reassured peers that Scilly’s superfast broadband link is on track for later this year.  Read full item at Scilly Today here


Steamship Company appoints new operations coordinator on islands.

From Scilly Today 15 May. The Steamship Company has appointed a staff member to act as a passenger liaison when bad weather disrupts Skybus or Scillonian III services. Click here for news item.

Comment. This is a welcome investment in customer service. The air route in particular is prone to disruption by weather and presents a formidable customer relations challenge in bad weather.


New tourism website receives rave reviews.

Scilly Today has reported details of the new tourism website for the islands. The site can be viewed at It is getting rave reviews.   Read the full news item here

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