Sean Connery Dead: Calls to rename key Edinburgh road in honour of city's most famous son

Calls for a fitting tribute to Sir Sean Connery, Scotland’s most famous son, were circulating within minutes of the news of his death today.

Tribute: There were calls for the West Approacvh Road to be renam,ed in honour of Sir Sean Connery
Tribute: There were calls for the West Approacvh Road to be renam,ed in honour of Sir Sean Connery

The suggestions for a tribute to Sir Sean ranged from exhibitions detailing his life to statues in his likeness.

But one early contender which seemed to attract attention was a call to rename the city’s West Approach Road in honour of the Capital’s most famous offspring.

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For generations the key route had been home to the railway tracks which led to the station at the end of Princes Street, passing close to the now-demolished Fountainbridge home where Sir Sean was born in 1930.

But with the station no longer in use from the mid-60s the trackbed gave way to a new road in the early 1970 which brought drivers a speedier route into the heart of the Capital.

The West Approach Road now forms a vital transport artery into Edinburgh, passing through the city’s financial sector and delivering drivers onto Lothian Road.

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One twitter user urged the leader of Edinburgh City Council. Adam McVey, to look at the idea as a fitting tribute tying the actor forever to the area.

Sir Sean was proiud of his association with his home city

@talkporty said; “and while we're here folks - how about @Edinburgh_CC rename the West Approach Road in Sean Connery's honour? What do you say @adamrmcvey?”

The power to rename streets lies with the local authority and, in normal circumstances, can take up to five years to process.

There were calls recently for a road in Edinburgh to be named after veteran fundraiser Tom Gilzean passed away at the age of 99.

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