As tens of thousands of rugby fans prepare to flock to Murrayfield over the coming weekends, they are being reminded to plan travel ahead.
The sold-out Six Nations match between Scotland and England will kick off at the BT Murrayfield Stadium at 4.45pm on Saturday (8 February) and is expected to attract more than 67,000 spectators.
A series of road closures and traffic restrictions will be put in place to help manage crowds around the stadium. Edinburgh Trams will also be running a service every three minutes, with extra trams provided, while several Lothian bus routes serve Murrayfield.
Transport and Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “There will be a real buzz around the city this Saturday, when thousands of fans are set to descend upon Edinburgh for our first home game of the Six Nations Championships.
“With so many people heading to Murrayfield I would encourage anyone going to the game – or those travelling nearby – to plan their journey ahead and leave plenty of time to enjoy the excitement!”
While kick-off is at 4.45pm the West Fan village will open from 1.45pm with general turnstiles opening at 2.45pm.
This is the first of two matches to be played at Murrayfield for the Guinness Six Nations Championship, with Scotland facing France there on the 8 March at 3pm, when the same traffic management plans will be in place.
On Saturday, Roseburn Street, Riversdale Bridge and Russell Road south-east of Roseburn Street will be closed before and after the match. Roseburn Terrace, West Coates and Balbirnie Place will also be closed after the match, in addition to other partial road closures in the area.
Anyone planning to use the park and ride Ingliston are reminded to leave plenty of time as the site can become busy during large events at Murrayfield, or to consider using the alternative park and ride at Hermiston.
Full details about road closures can be found on the Council website, while information on bus and tram services can be found on Lothian and Edinburgh Trams websites. Follow #edintravel on Twitter to find and share travel news.