City evacuation

Evacuation zones and alerts

There are plans in place to evacuate any part of the city if there is a major incident.

To help the emergency services deal with an incident in the city centre, the area has been divided up into zones. You can see these zones by downloading our city centre evacuation map below.

If a large scale evacuation is needed, the Police will coordinate this and will alert people through:

  • local media
  • roadside message boards
  • radio systems in shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • public address systems in shopping centres, bus and railway stations

You would also find up to date information through City of Edinburgh Council Twitter and Police Scotland Twitter.

Please note that for the Hogmanay Street Party, the event has separate evacuation plans in place. In this case please follow the advice displayed on the arena PA system and large screens and being provided by event stewards.

Download city centre evacuation map and advice for residents and business.