Route map for Fridays for Future 5 November climate change march

More than 58,000 activists are expected to take part in two climate rallies this week


Two large-scale climate change processions, with more than 58,000 attendees expected between them are taking place in Glasgow on the 5 and 6 of November, as part of wider COP26 events.

Youth and Public Empowerment Day on Friday, 5 November will see a procession with 8,000 participants taking to the city’s streets. Earlier in the week Greta Thunberg confirmed that she would be taking part in the event. The Climate Strike has been organised by Fridays for Future Scotland, which was founded by young people, inspired by Ms Thunberg's activism.

Leaving Kelvingrove Park at 11.30am, the procession makes its way to George Square via Kelvin Way, Sauchiehall Street, Kelvingrove Street, Argyle Street, St. Vincent Street, Pitt Street, West George Street, Blythswood Square, West George Street, Nelson Mandela Place, West George Street and then to George Square.

On Saturday 6 November, with 50,000 people are expected to take part in a procession from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green. As part of a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, the event is organised by the COP26 Coalition, a UK based, civil society partnership campaigning for climate justice. The Global Day of Action will see similar rallies take place simultaneously across London, Manchester and several other cities.

Those taking part in the COP26 Coalition procession will assemble at Kelvingrove Park, departing at 12.30pm before travelling along Argyle Street, St Vincent Street, George Street and down High Street towards Glasgow Green.

Given the significance of the events the number of attendees could be even higher.

Significant road closures to support the safety and security of the processions will be in place. On both days several roads will see waiting, loading and unloading restricted between certain times as well as road closures.

Rolling road closures on Friday (5 November) will see roads close at 09:00 before the procession starts and reopen once the parade has passed and it is deemed safe to do so.

On Saturday (6November) there will be road closures with no vehicle access from 05:00 until 18:00.

Congestion and travel disruption in the city is expected on both of these days.

Andy Waddell, Director of City Operations at Glasgow City Council, said:

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said:

Nicola Blaney, Head of Events Resilience at Transport Scotland said: