Edinburgh City Bypass to remain closed during evening rush hour after body found

A stretch of road between Gilmerton and Sheriffhall remains closed. Picture: Traffic Scotland
A stretch of road between Gilmerton and Sheriffhall remains closed. Picture: Traffic Scotland
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A major stretch of the Edinburgh City Bypass will remain closed during the evening rush hour after a man’s body was found on the central reservation.

Police were alerted to the grisly discovery on the A720 near the Sheriffhall roundabout after drivers raised the alarm at around 8.20am on Thursday.

The road between the Gilmerton and Sheriffhall Junctions has been completely closed to all traffic in both directions for more than six hours and will remain closed during the evening peak.

In a tweet, Traffic Scotland said: “Be aware A720 will remain closed both ways between Gilmerton and Sheriffhall throughout this evening’s peak. Please plan your journey ahead. Congestion E/B is back to Lasswade and W/B to Millerhill already.”

READ MORE: Man’s body discovered on Edinburgh City Bypass: What we know so far

The man’s death is being treated as unexplained and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

A view of the Bypass as drivers are diverted off the Gilmerton exit. Picture: Traffic Scotland

A view of the Bypass as drivers are diverted off the Gilmerton exit. Picture: Traffic Scotland

Detectives are still at the scene, along with forensics and road policing officers.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Midlothian are currently in attendance on the A720 near to the Sheriffhall Roundabout following the discovery of a man’s body on the central reservation

“The incident was reported to police around 8.20am on Thursday, January 17.

“Inquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing, and the death is being treated as unexplained. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Closures are currently in place on the Edinburgh City Bypass in both directions. The public is thanked for their patience at this time.”

READ MORE: Body of man discovered on Edinburgh City Bypass central reservation

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