Travel advice for Scotland v Italy rugby fans this weekend

Rugby fans heading to watch Scotland in the 2015 RBS Six Nations this weekend are being advised to take note of traffic and travel information.

In their second home game of this Six Nations tournament, Scotland are playing host to Italy on Saturday (28 February, kick-off 2.30pm) and tens of thousands of spectators are predicted to flock to Murrayfield Stadium for the match.

To ensure pedestrian safety and to minimise traffic disruption, pedestrian diversions will be implemented around the Haymarket Station area following the match. 

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

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: “This is Scotland's second of three home fixtures in this year's Six Nations championships and the Capital will once again be buzzing with excitement. Our advice is to plan your journey carefully and take heed of travel and parking information so you can have as enjoyable a time as possible. Good luck Scotland!”

A number of temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be in place.

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.

Although Russell Road is currently closed for Network Rail works, pedestrians will be able to use two dedicated lanes to access and exit the Stadium.

Edinburgh Trams are once again putting in place arrangements to cater to the many thousands of fans who are expected to travel to and from the match by tram.

Advice for anyone planning to travel by tram can be found on the Edinburgh Trams website. Passengers are also advised to keep an eye out for updates from Edinburgh Trams' Control team on the day via @EdinburghTrams.

Meanwhile, bus information can be found on the Lothian Buses website and via updates from @on_lothianbuses. Spectators should note that day tickets are valid on both Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams. 

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

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