Glasgow COP26 road closures and traffic warnings confirmed ahead of climate summit

ROAD closures and traffic warnings have been issued ahead of COP26 – one of the biggest logistical events Glasgow has ever held.

World leaders from around the globe will descend on the city from October 31 for the climate summit, and with it comes “unique challenges” to the city’s travel network which will affect commuters and local residents throughout the two-weeks.

Businesses and commuters have been urged to plan ahead as images showing road closures for Glasgow emerge.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has previously said that while COP26 provides “incredible opportunity”, delays in travel are inevitable.

HeraldScotland: SEC campus in Glasgow, where COP26 will be held in November.

He said: “The sheer scale of the event is a fantastic accolade for Glasgow however naturally there will be disruption across the city over the course of the conference, and so it is vitally important to engage with the business community to manage the impact on the day-to-day running of the city.”

The traffic disruption will be with us sooner than the conference start date on October 31, as road closures are set to be put in place from as early as October 10.

Here are the road closures starting this month:

  • Congress Road – Closed October 10 to November 17: As expected the first road to close will be the one directly outside the SECC and Hydro, where the majority of talks will take place, and it will re-open at 6am on November 17.
  • Congress Way: Partial closures with lane restrictions will begin on October 17 ad the full road closure will begin from 9pm on Sunday October 24. It will re-open November 21 in the morning.
  • Clydeside Expressway – Partick Interchange to Anderston (Junction 19): The major dual carriageway will cause major disruption to commuters as the road is set to be closed from October 23, but it r-opens earlier than others on November 15.
  • Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay: Road closed from October 23 to November 15
  • Minerva Street – West Greenhill Place: Road Closed from October 28 to November 13.

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Although the amount of closures laid out together may possibly cause severe travel disruptions, diversion routes are being put in place to help keep traffic moving.

Active travel routes have yet to be confirmed by Local Area Traffic Management Plans (LATMPs), but day-to-day maps detailing road closures and areas with high risk of congestion have been published to help people plan in advance.

Transport Minister Graeme Day said: “Many months of travel planning, and preparations are now entering their final, crucial phase.

“This event will be unprecedented for so many reasons and will bring its own unique challenges for Glasgow and beyond.

“I would urge commuters, business and the public to take some time to read the transport plan and familiarise themselves with the road closures and latest travel advice. We can all play a key role in delivering a successful event and ensuring the talks deliver results to help secure a better future for our planet.”

Full details of the closures can be found HERE.

Here are the day-to-day images detailing city traffic:

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Sunday November 7 – Saturday November 13
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Walking and Cycling closures have been given diversions as seen below:

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Full details of the closures can be found HERE.

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