Edinburgh McDonald Road army reserve base to close

Nick Eeles. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Nick Eeles. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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AN army reserve base in the Capital will close and move to Redford as part of a Government shake-up announced 

McDonald Road TA Centre will go with six others in Scotland in a move branded as “disproportionate defence cuts” by the SNP. The Territorial Army will now be known as the Army Reserve.

Head of the army in Scotland, Major General Nick Eeles, said the base that was closing had “historically low numbers” and the Capital was set to gain reserve troops as more units moved to Redford, while the 3 Rifles move to Dreghorn.

He said: “The balance of reserve forces in Edinburgh will indicate it is the most important location in Scotland. We are retaining two major infantry battalions, moving the army brigade headquarters to Edinburgh and we will also retain the historic footprint with a garrison headquarters at the Castle.”