Road closures in Edinburgh today: full list of closed off roads in Scotland as Queen’s coffin due to arrive

The public has been advised to plan ahead and avoid any non-essential travel through the city centre

The Queen’s coffin will arrive in Edinburgh in the coming hours.

Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday (8 September).

Her coffin is being transported from the Royal residence to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh will host major ceremonial events to mark the Queen’s passing over the coming days.

Mourners will be able to view her coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral from 5pm on Monday (12 September) after it has been carried up the Royal Mile.

The arrival of the Queen will cause major disruption in the Scottish capital.

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Public urged to avoid all non-essential travel

Edinburgh will host major ceremonial events to mark the Queen’s passing over the coming days, with full details due to be confirmed by the royal household.

The public has been advised to plan ahead and avoid any non-essential travel through the city centre, particularly in the Old Town area.

The City of Edinburgh Council said on Friday that it is working with the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to accommodate those expected to line the streets to pay their respects.

Preparations are underway at St Giles Cathedral to receive the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, where she will lie in state for 24 hours, on September 9th 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)

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What has the council said?

Council leader Cammy Day said: “On behalf of the whole city of Edinburgh, I offer our heartfelt condolences to all the members of the royal family at this time of sadness and sorrow.

“Our city is highly experienced in handling major events, and we are working closely with Scottish Government, Police Scotland and transport providers to safely accommodate the large crowds of visitors who will wish to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen and the royal family over the next few days.

“Given the scale and significance of these ceremonial events, we have to be prepared for significant disruption across the city, but particularly in the city centre. We’re closely working with our partners to manage this as best we can and to keep residents, businesses and visitors updated on all plans.

“We are also urging everyone to consider their travel needs and avoid any journeys through the city centre where possible.

“If they do need to travel, we’re asking them to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys and follow the very latest travel advice.”

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Full list of road closures in Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council have announced road closures in the city centre due to events surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The closures are as follows:

  • Abbey Mount at Regent Road: road closed
  • Abbeyhill at Abbey Lane: road closed
  • Abbeyhill at Abbeyhill Crescent: road closed
  • Blackfriars Street: road closed
  • Calton Road at Abbeyhill Crescent: road closed
  • Calton Road at Leith Street: local access only
  • Canongate at St Mary Street and Jeffrey Street: road closed
  • Carrington Road at Crewe Road South: road closed
  • Carrington Road at East Fettes Avenue: road closed
  • Castle Terrace: road closed
  • Castlehill: road closed
  • Chambers Street: road closed
  • East Market Street at junction with Jeffrey Street: road closed
  • Fettes Avenue: road closed
  • High Street at Cockburn Street: road closed
  • High Street at George IV and The Mound: road closed
  • Holyrood Park entrance at Meadowbank Terrace: road closed
  • Johnston Terrace: road closed
  • Lawnmarket: road closed
  • New Street, south of the entrance to Waverley car park: road closed
  • Nicolson Street at West Nicholson Street: road closed northbound only. Local access provided to Blair Street
  • Niddry Street: road closed
  • Old Tolboth Wynd: road closed
  • Queen's Drive: road closed east of the roundabout at Holyrood Gait entrance to Meadowbank Terrace entrance

Three schools will also be closed in Edinburgh on Monday and Tuesday (13 September).