Edinburgh road and school closures ahead of arrival of Queen's coffin

Two primary school and a nursery are among those to shut down for two days while commemoration and mourning events take place.

Edinburgh road and school closures in full ahead of arrival of Queen’s coffin SNS Group

A number of major roads and two primary schools in Edinburgh have been closed off in preparation for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin in the city.

The former monarch’s body will be transported from the Aberdeenshire estate of Balmoral on Sunday and will rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse before being moved in a procession to St Giles’ Cathedral.

She will lie in state for 24 hours, allowing members of the public to pay their respects.

However, the process, known as Operation Unicorn after Scotland’s national animal, means a number of prominent access routes will be shut off for several days.

City of Edinburgh council said it was working with Police Scotland to plan for the arrival of mourners from across the country.

Royal Mile Primary School, Abbeyhill Primary School and the Cowgate Early Years Centre will remain closed to pupils on Monday and Tuesday due to their proximity to events.

People have been advised to avoid the Old Town unless they are taking part in mourning events and plan essential journeys ahead to cope with disruption.

Edinburgh road closures in full

  • Abbeyhill at Abbeyhill Crescent
  • Abbeyhill at Abbey Lane
  • Abbey Mount at Regent Road
  • Carrington Road at Crewe Road South
  • Carrington Road at East Fettes Avenue
  • Fettes Avenue
  • Queens Drive east of the roundabout (Holyrood Gait entrance)
  • Holyrood Park entrance at Meadowbank Terrace
  • East Market Street at Junction with Jeffrey Street
  • New Street South of Entrance to Waverley Car Park
  • Old Tollboth Wynd
  • Calton Road at Abbeyhill Crescent
  • Canongate at St Mary Street – Jeffrey Street
  • High Street at George IV – The Mound
  • High Street at Cockburn Street
  • St Giles Street at North Bank Street
  • Calton Road at Leith Street (Local access only)
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