Road plans for Edinburgh's three day Hogmanay festival

Edinburgh’s spectacular Hogmanay programme will begin on Friday 30 December with three days and nights of outstanding events throughout the city.

The New Year celebrations bring the streets alive with entertainment for both residents and visitors to Scotland's capital, however consequently there will be some disruption to traffic, parking and loading.

A number of roads will be subject to closures and parking restrictions to ensure that on-street events can take place safely. Some parking restrictions will also be required to keep diversion routes in the city clear.

In the run up to the events the Council asks both residents and visitors to look out for advance warning signs in place on major access routes to the city centre that provide closure details. A detailed list of planned road closures between the 30 December and 1 January is included below.

Any amendments will be advertised by way of street notices and via, where colour images of the road restrictions plans can also be viewed.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations start on Friday 30 December with the Torchlight Procession leaving from Parliament Square at 6.30pm, and creating a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the Son et LumiƩre and fireworks finale on Calton Hill.

The centrepiece of the Festival is Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party on Princes Street with 80,000 people gathering in the City Centre to welcome in 2012. The party continues on New Year's Day with a full programme of events including the Loony Dook at South Queensferry and the New Year Games.

For full programme details or to book tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay visit the official website or telephone the Box Office on 0844 573 8455. Tickets are available in person from The Fringe Office on the High Street, Tickets Scotland in Rose Street and Ripping Records on South Bridge.

  • King's Stables Road will have restrictions from 19 December to facilitate loading and unloading into Princes Street Gardens, with further restrictions progressively introduced within the city centre area from 30 December. This will allow essential building and other works to take place and subsequently will ensure the safety and enjoyment of the public attending Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party and associated events. Parking restrictions will be clearly indicated by "No Waiting" cones, and where appropriate, warning signs.
  • Vehicles should not be parked within restrictions. All offending vehicles will be removed and may be subject to a parking fine and impound charges. Traders are asked to ensure all deliveries are completed prior to the introduction of the relevant restrictions.
  • The information on road closures and parking restrictions is correct at the time of going to print. However, minor alterations may be necessary if circumstances change.  Any amendments will be advertised by way of street notices and via
  • For details of the bus services available over Hogmanay contact Lothian Buses 0131 555 6363 and for other traffic issues contact Clarence on 0800 23 23 23 (Monday to Friday - 8am to 8pm).


Event & Date  Route/Arena Main Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

The Torchlight Procession

Friday 30 December 2011

6:30pm - 8:00pm

High St, Bank St, North Bank St, the Mound, Princes St, Waterloo Place, Regent Road to Carriage Drive up Calton Hill. Parliament Square will close at 12:00pm.

High St, St Giles' St and Lawnmarket will be closed from 4:00pm to 9.00pm.

The remainder of the procession route as well as the Mound, George IV Bridge, North Bridge, Leith St and Waverley Bridge will close at 5:30pm. All streets will re-open at 9:00pm.

Parking restrictions will commence 2 hrs prior to the introduction of road closures, and at 3:30pm for diversion routes.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

Saturday 31 December 2011

9:00pm - 1:00am
Princes St, George Street, Rose St, Castle St, Frederick St, Hanover St, South St David St, South St Andrew St, Waverley Bridge, The Mound, Market St, North Bridge, Bank St, St Giles' St, Mound Pl, Ramsay Lane and Ramsay Garde

Meuse Lane and South St David Street will close from 7.00pm on 30 December to 10.00am on 31 January.

Road closures and parking restrictions will then be introduced progressively in the city centre from 1:00am on Saturday 31 December to allow construction of the infrastructure required for the event.

Bank Street, North Bank Street, Mound, Market Street (between Mound and Waverley Bridge) and Waverley Bridge will close at 1.00am on Saturday 31 December 2011.

Princes St is already closed however the remaining section between Waverley Bridge and North Bridge will close at 3:20am, except for access/egress to Waverley Rail Station via South St Andrew St, and in its entirety from 6pm on Saturday 31 December.

The High St, St Giles St and George IV Bridge (northbound) will close at 4:00pm on Saturday 31 December.

At 6:00pm, all roads within the city centre not already fully closed, including Princes St, Rose St, Waverley Bridge, St Andrew Square (except for buses), Lawnmarket, Cockburn St, Market St, Lothian Rd (from West Approach Rd to Princes St) and Shandwick Place (except buses eastbound) will close to vehicular traffic until the morning of Sunday 1 January 2010.

George St will be closed at 9pm with Leith St (from Calton Rd to Waterloo Place), Waterloo Place and North and South Bridge closing to vehicles from 10:00pm on Saturday 31 December 2011 until 10:00am on Sunday 1 January 2011.

Parking restrictions will commence, in most cases, 3 hrs prior to the introduction of road closures.

The New Year Games

Sunday 1 January 2012

2:00pm - 6:00pm


The Grassmarket and West Port (between Lady Lawson Street and Grassmarket) will be closed between 1.00pm and 7.00pm.

King's Stables Road will be closed between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.

Parking restrictions will commence 2 hrs prior to the introduction of road closures.

Please note King's Stables Road will already have restrictions placed on it associated with the removal of equipment from Princes Street Gardens.

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