Traffic & Travel
COP26 will be unlike any other major event that Glasgow has hosted. It will create a unique set of challenges for our travel network. The event is huge and very complicated. It involves around 140 world leaders, some 25,000 delegates and climate activists as well. It’s expected COP26 will have an impact on travel across Central Scotland.
Work is being done to map out how COP26 will affect Glasgow’s road network, footpaths and cycle ways. Some of the routes that people usually use will be closed or access to them will be restricted.
Our job has been to set up alternative routes, signpost diversions and publicise the road closures so that everyone knows the best ways to keep moving during COP26. We have contacted businesses and residents in the Anderston, Finnieston and Yorkhill areas directly. Letters have been sent to tell people about the security measures and how they might be affected by them. Business engagement sessions are also being held.
We’ve created a set of maps which show which roads, footpaths and cycle ways will be closed. We have also created maps which show where we expect there to be congestion linked to specific COP26 events. The best ways to keep moving are to: use the maps to plan alternative routes; allow more time for your journey; leave the car at home and use public transport or walk or cycle where possible.
The Scottish Government is running a travel campaign to encourage the public to plan their journey ahead of travel to/in/around Glasgow in the weeks before and during COP26. If you live or work in Glasgow or you plan to travel to the city during this time, the advice is to plan ahead, leave the car if you can, and avoid busy days and times.
The Clydeside Expressway is closed from 23rd October and surrounding routes and public transport will be busier than usual particularly on the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th November. Resources to help businesses keep their staff updated of changes to travel arrangements are included in the ‘Further Business Support’ section below.