THE COP26 climate summit is coming to Glasgow in a matter of weeks with tens of thousands of delegates from around the world set to descend on Scotland’s biggest city.
The site for the event will be the Scottish Event Campus, located on the banks of the Clyde but several road closures are expected to cause delays and congestion around large parts of the city.
COP26 will be an opportunity for world leaders to discuss how to tackle global climate change with goals set out under the Paris Climate Accord agreed in 2015.
The summit will take place from Sunday, October 31 to Friday, November 12 with travel disruption expected until at least November 14.
A new heat map of potential delays for cars, buses and trains has been released by the Get Ready Glasgow page that provides information about city operations during large scale events.
The travel heat maps for individual days of the event show significant potential disruption to areas around the SEC and Glasgow city centre due to road closures for the event.
Disruption and delays are likely along the M8 motorway, which passes the SEC, as well as at Glasgow’s train and bus stations which are likely to be busier than usual.
Unlike other major events Glasgow has hosted in the past, COP26 will bring its “own unique challenges to our travel network” according to Get Ready Glasgow which highlighted the “scale and complexity of the event” which is bringing many world leaders to the city.
Work is currently being done to see how the increased demands of Glasgow’s travel network will be affected and planners are developing “local traffic management plans” in areas directly affected by road closures.
Businesses and residents directly affected by road closures will receive “specific, direct communications forewarning them of the likely impact” at a time closer to the event.
Congress Road: Closed until 6am on Wednesday, November 17
Congress Way, Finnieston Quay, Tunnel Street, Stobcross Road (section Parallel to A814) and Castlebank Street: Subject to lane restriction and closures between the 17th to 23rd October. Full road closure 2100hrs 24th October to 0600hrs 21st November
Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay: Closure from 9pm on October 23 to 6am on Monday November 15. Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay will re-open to service buses only at 6am on October 24
Finnieston Street – Houldsworth Street to Lancefield Quay: Closure from 9pm on October 24 to 6am on Monday, November 15
Clydeside Expressway – Partick Interchange to Anderston (Junction 19): Closed from 9pm on Saturday, October 23 to 6am on Monday, November 15
Minerva Street – West Greenhill Place: Closed from 6am Thursday, October 28 to 6am on Saturday, November 13. Local access to private carparks will be maintained
Diversion routes will be in place around the SEC to keep traffic moving and, as with previous city events, Local Area Traffic Management Plans are being developed to keep traffic moving for road users
Active travel routes have still to be confirmed however, pedestrian access will be maintained on Finnieston Street, Lancefield Quay and Clyde Arc at all times as will routes for emergency services