Haymarket diversions on rugby international days

Rugby fans heading to watch Scotland in the 2014 RBS Six Nations this weekend are being advised to take note of traffic and travel information.

In their second and final home game of this Six Nations tournament, Scotland are playing host to France on Saturday (8 March, kick-off 5pm) and 67,000 spectators are expected to flock to Murrayfield Stadium for the match.

As was the case for the Calcutta Cup match on Saturday 8 February,  pedestrian diversions will be implemented around the Haymarket Station area following the match in order to ensure pedestrian safety and to minimise traffic disruption. 

Matchgoers are advised to note that these diversions will be in place for all rugby internationals from now on, in order to keep the traffic flow maintained at the busy Haymarket Station junction. 

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: "It is our priority to ensure the safety of the thousands of rugby fans set to flock to Murrayfield at the weekend, and to reduce any disruption to local traffic.

“It is important that we continue to work with Police Scotland to make sure travel to and from the event runs smoothly.”

Superintendent Liz McAinsh said: “Police Scotland is dedicated to keeping people safe, and we would urge everyone attending this match to ensure that they are aware of the pedestrian diversion and traffic restrictions that will be in place. Plan your route after the match knowing that if you are on foot you will be diverted around the Haymarket Station area."

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson added: “We thank supporters in advance for following the directions of police and stewards to ensure their journey to and from Scotland’s biggest stadium is as safe as possible.”

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

Please note that Russell Road is now fully open for those pedestrians making their way back towards the Dalry area and as an alternative route to the city centre.

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

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