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Road closures in Holyrood Park

29 August 2014

Picture of Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday evening (31st August) to accommodate expected large numbers congregating in the park to watch the annual  end of the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Display.

All roads in Holyrood Park with the exception of the loop road between Horse Wynd and Holyrood Gait/Holyrood Road, will be closed to traffic between 18.00 and 22:30 on Sunday 31st August 2014.

Park Rangers will also be on duty throughout the duration of the firework display.

Martin Gray, Historic Scotland Visitor Services Manager for Holyrood Park, said;

“Due to the expected high volume of pedestrians who gather in Holyrood Park to view the fireworks, we have taken the decision, as in previous years, to close the Park to traffic, so that the public can take advantage of the spectacular views and enjoy the fireworks, free from traffic.

"For any visitors planning a visit to the park to watch the fireworks, limited parking will be available at  Meadowbank Car Park, at the Meadowbank entrance to the park.

"We would strongly encourage however that visitors leave their cars at home, and come on foot to enjoy the fireworks in the stunning surroundings of the park."

Sunday road closures will apply as normal in the park from 08.00am - 16.00pm.

Notes for editors:

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Iona Matheson, Media & PR Officer
Historic Scotland Media Office
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