Cortège departure route confirmed

Graphic showing the city of Edinburgh and the text 'Roads are closed'.

Mourners are being advised to plan ahead if they wish to line the departure route of the cortège from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

The full route, and adjoining roads will be closed between 16:00 and 18:30, including all crossover junctions along the course. Accessibility and opportunities for viewing and parking are likely to be limited.

The cortège will follow this route: St Giles’ Cathedral – Lawnmarket – Johnston Terrace – Castle Terrace – Lothian Road – Queensferry Street – Dean Bridge – Queensferry Road – Maybury Road – Turnhouse Road – Edinburgh Airport. 

A full closure of the A90 corridor and all adjoining roads will be phased in from 1pm, starting with the A90 citybound from Barnton junction. The westbound A90 from Dean Bridge to Barnton and all side roads off Queensferry Road will close from 2.30pm.

The Queen's coffin will leave St Giles' Cathedral at 4.30pm - Barnton and Maybury junctions and Maybury Road will then be fully closed from 5pm and will reopen shortly after the cortege has passed through. Other routes will be reopened as soon as crowds have dispersed and it is deemed safe to do so but all are expected to be open by 6.30pm.

This will have a significant impact on public transport services across the city and on surrounding trunk roads including the M8 and the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Residents are being advised to follow the relevant transport agencies and regularly check the Council website, which is being updated with details of which roads will be closed and other public transport information. They can also follow the Scottish Government and Royal Household for up-to-date advice.

Work is continuing with the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to manage any congested areas, with significant numbers of stewards drafted in alongside police officers to help keep the public safe.

The advice continues to be that those wishing to attend should plan ahead, dress for the weather, bring plenty of water, prepare for long periods of standing, expect large crowds and look out for each other.

Council Leader Cammy Day said:

As a city, we will look back with immense pride at the role we’ve played in hosting these momentous events as the world looked on. As we say farewell to Her Majesty, and welcome our new sovereign King Charles III, I want to pay tribute to the incredible  support  shown by the public and our communities over the past few days,  truly capturing the spirit of The Queen and her connection to Scotland and Edinburgh.

We’re asking everyone to continue to bear with us and consider their travel needs tomorrow [Tuesday]. We’re asking who’s attending these events to continue following our advice: dress for the weather, prepare for long periods of standing, bring water and most importantly look out for each other.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Council's dedicated webpage.

The @edintravel traffic information team will be carefully monitoring the city’s roads, sharing the latest information on disruption and diversions on Twitter.

The travelling public should also follow Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams to stay informed about their services.

Published: September 12th 2022