Edinburgh traffic: Calder Road closed westbound near Sighthill roundabout due to ongoing police incident

Drivers are facing delays in the Saughton area with queueing traffic on A71 Calder Road
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Drivers in Edinburgh have been urged to avoid Calder Road which is partially closed due to a police incident.

The road was closed in both directions shortly before 2pm but traffic heading into the city (eastbound) has since been reinstated. Westbound traffic along Calder Road between Sighthill roundabout and the Longstone Road remains closed. Chesser Avenue at Gorgie Road is also now open with one lane closure in place.

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Drivers continue to face delays on Saughton Road, Longstone Road and Murrayburn Road, where traffic is building. Police have asked people to avoid the area.

Calder Road is closed in both directions from Longstone Road to Sighthill Roundabout. Police are in attendanceCalder Road is closed in both directions from Longstone Road to Sighthill Roundabout. Police are in attendance
Calder Road is closed in both directions from Longstone Road to Sighthill Roundabout. Police are in attendance

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Due to an ongoing police incident, Calder Road is closed between Sighthill roundabout and the Longstone roundabout. Please avoid the area."

Eyewitnesses said there is a major emergency services operation under way with "police everywhere." One person also said a police tent has been erected at the scene.Images taken at the scene show traffic at a standstill on Calder Road, which has been taped off. Police vehicles and ambulances are in attendance.

Several Lothian Bus services were affected with diversions in place but it is understood regular services have now been reinstated.

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A spokesperson from the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call today at 1.15pm to attend an incident on Calder Road in Edinburgh. We dispatched two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance and our trauma team to the scene, with our first resource arriving within two minutes.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.05pm on Tuesday, 14 November, 2023, police were called to Calder Road, Edinburgh, following a report of concern for a person.”

They added: “Emergency services are in attendance and enquiries are at an early stage.”