City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: environment


Edinburgh Plunges Back into Winter

Edinburgh residents woke up this morning to find the city had reverted to winter snow conditions again.

Scotrail Trains Get Dressed Up in Warm "Skirts"

Train "skirts"

Scotland's main railway company Scotrail has come up with a novel way of dealing with the kind of freezing conditions that caused most of its trains North to grind to a halt in plummeting temperatures around a week ago. It is going to dress its trains in warm skirts.

New Transport Minister Appointed

Keith Brown

Alex Salmond has appointed Keith Brown (pictured), formerly Minister for Skills and Lifelong learning, to replace Stewart Stevenson as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

"Unprecedented" Weather Claims Climate Minister

Stewart Stevenson with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Copenhagen

After the deep freeze on the roads, the political heat proved too much. Stewart Stevenson was forced to resign from his ministerial post yesterday.

Risk of Falling Icicles and Roof Avalanches as Edinburgh Thaws

Icicles on a window

As recent snow turns to slush, life in Edinburgh is returning to normal. However, the thaw has brought its own problems, as snow loosens and slides off roofs, and spear-like icicles relinquish their grip on gutters and overhangs and fall on pavements below.

Video: Snow Avalanche at Scottish Widows, Edinburgh

Following days of heavy snow earlier this week and last week, Edinburgh roof tops were covered in unusually thick blankets of white.

Weather-beaten Edinburgh Battles Back to Normality

Snow on the Sphinxes

Three days after Scotland's "perfect storm" (as Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has dubbed Monday's transport network seizure), conditions look to be getting better.

Snowsports Warning For Holyrood Park Issued

Arthur's Seat in the snow

Following on from last week's avalanche warning for Arthur's Seat, members of the public are being warned against the dangers of some snowsport activities in Holyrood Park after  several incidents and injuries on the hill in the last week.

Edinburgh City Council School Closures (Thursday 9 December)

Icicles on a window

After a freezing night, slightly warmer temperatures of 1C or 2C are forecast in Edinburgh for Thursday with roads and pavements still icy.

Travel Disruption Continues As Temperatures Drop

Travel disruption is continuing across Scotland. Edinburgh was around -13C last night and the Met Office is forecasting a high of -6C during the day. Obviously, the problem on roads is ice, not just snow with traffic crawling along.

Army May Be Brought In To Shift Edinburgh's Snow

New Town snow

The army may be brought in to tackle Edinburgh's snow-covered residential streets as the legion of Council staff and contractors struggle to cope with "the worst snow since 1963".