Travel advice for rugby fans heading to watch the Autumn Tests at Murrayfield

**UPDATE 21 NOVEMBER: If travelling to Murrayfield or Tynecastle via the A90 on Saturday 25 November, please leave extra time for your journey as diversions will be in place for the demolition of Burnshot Bridge. **

Rugby fans heading to watch Scotland in the Autumn Tests 2017 this month are being advised to take note of traffic and travel information.

In their first match, Scotland are playing host to Samoa on Saturday (11 November, kick-off 2.30pm) and tens of thousands of spectators are expected to flock to BT Murrayfield Stadium to see the action.

To ensure pedestrian safety and to minimise traffic disruption, pedestrian diversions will be implemented around the Haymarket Station area over the next three weekends.

The Council is working closely with Police Scotland to keep road and pedestrian traffic moving smoothly before and after the games.

And Edinburgh Trams will be running services to the Stadium from every three minutes, with extra staff on hand to help customers.

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: "It's always a very exciting time in the Capital for sports fans when the Autumn Tests get under way and we expect hundreds of thousands of spectators to flock to BT Murrayfield to see Scotland in action over the next three weekends. 

"Make sure you take heed of travel advice and road closure information to help you plan your journey in advance. And good luck Scotland - do us proud!"

A number of temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be in place in the Haymarket area for a number of hours on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Police and stewards will be on hand to help direct members of the public from the Stadium to the city centre.

Those heading back into the city centre on foot will be diverted left off the main road up Magdala Crescent to continue back into town.

Pedestrians travelling by rail from Haymarket Station will be guided along the main road towards Haymarket and stewards will be on hand to provide further assistance and advice as they approach the Station.

Russell Road will also be available for those pedestrians making their way back towards the Dalry area and as an alternative route to the city centre.

Identical arrangements are planned for the following weekend, Saturday 18 November, when Scotland will face the All Blacks in a sell-out match kicking off 5.15pm and on Saturday 25 November, when Scotland will take on Australia in another sell-out fixture (kick-off 2.30pm).

Information about getting to and from BT Murrayfield Stadium by bus, tram or rail for the Autumn Tests can be found on the Scottish Rugby website.

Full details of temporary road closures and parking restrictions are available on the Council website.
 

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