COP26: How will road closures affect Glasgow?

COP26: How will road closures affect Glasgow?

10/16/2021 1:42:00 AM

COP26: How will road closures affect Glasgow?

Travel in Glasgow will be 'significantly impacted' by road closures, congestion and demonstrations during the summit.

The summit is based at the SEC campus in GlasgowGlasgow will host the COP26 climate change summit at the end of the month and travel around the city is expected to be "significantly impacted", with major road closures beginning in a week's time.

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About 25,000 delegates are expected be at the summit and security will be tight, especially around the attendance of about 120 world leaders.And that is before any protests by climate change activists.When is COP and when do travel restrictions kick in?

COP26 will be held over two weeks from 31 October - 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.But road closures start a full week before on Saturday 23 October, and last until Monday 15 November.Some roads within the SEC campus site are already closed.

Some days are expected to be busier than others, with the biggest disruption expected on Saturday 6 November which has been designated as the Global Day For Climate Justice.About 100,000 protesters are expected in Glasgow, with a march which begins at Kelvingrove Park at noon before making its way to Glasgow Green for about 15:00.

Transport Scotland, the national transport agency, has warned the public to avoid the SEC area and expect delays on the M8 as this will be the main route for delegates travelling to the summit.You can readthe official COP26 transport plan here.The main message is to be prepared for anything. Unplanned protests could emerge, roads could be temporarily closed or diversions put in place at the last minute due to obstructions or for security reasons.

Get Ready Glasgow, the city's information site, has produced a congestion map showing how travel in the city will be "significantly impacted".And it might not just be Glasgow that is affected, with world leaders staying in other locations such as Edinburgh, St Andrews and Perthshire.

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED?The simple answer is anyone who has to travel in central Scotland during the conference period could be affected.The area around the SEC will be see the most impact and already more than 9,000 people in the Finnieston, Anderston and Yorkhill areas have been sent letters and maps telling them how they will be affected by the road closures, parking restrictions and security measures.

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I'm still laughing at the irony of 30k+ tosspots flying in to Glasgow from all over the world with their massive entourages exempt from Covid testing & burning god knows how much fossil fuel all so they can plot how to tell us all to not fly, drive, eat meat, use gas boilers etc. ScottyFromPhotoOps there is a photo of the Australian prime minister on twitter holding a lump of coal say it won't hurt you. His government are tied up with mining.

Not a lot! Less air pollution, fewer injuries and deaths caused by motorists.

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