Major road near Edinburgh shopping park closed due to crash as buses diverted

The A1 at Newcraighall is currently closed following a collision.
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A major road on the outskirts of Edinburgh is currently closed following a collision, with motorists reportedly stuck in 'gridlock' near a busy shopping park.

Following an accident on the A1 near Newcraighall, traffic on the busy southbound carriageway is currently backed up as Traffic Scotland warned drivers in the area and the nearby Fort Kinnaird.

Lothian Buses also issued several services alerts with services 49 and 4 being diverted from the scene. Neither service is currently serving the A1 and is either being diverted or terminating at Fort Kinnaird.

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An alert to passengers using the 49 reads: "Due to a road closure buses are unable to serve A1 at Newcraighall and are instead diverted via Duddingston Park South & Newcraighall Road Terminating at Fort Kinnaird Eastbound until further notice."

Those using the service 4 have been advised buses are terminating at The Jewel until further notice. Traffic Scotland added: "NEW 10:17 #A1 Newcraighall-Fort Kinnaird. CLOSED Southbound at Newcraighall Fort Kinnaird due to a collision. Traffic is heavy in the area- Please avoid where possible."

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Users on social media have also warned fellow motorists that the surrounding area is 'gridlock' due to the collision with traffic in and around Fort Kinnaird and The Jewel busier than usual. It is currently unknown how many vehicles were involved in the collision or if there have been any reported injuries.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed the force received a report of a crash at around 9am and emergency services remain in attendance.

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They added: "We received a report of a crash involving one car on the A1 at the Newcraighall junction, around 9am on Saturday, 1 June, 2024. Emergency services are in attendance and the A1 is closed southbound from Newcraighall. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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