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Written by on 12/10/2021

In November, participants and media from nations around the world will arrive in Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The event will run from 31st October to 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

COP26 will be unlike other major events Glasgow has hosted, bringing its own unique challenges for the travel network. Due to the scale and complexity of the event, which involved the likes of World Leaders and climate activists, we will experience changes to the movement of traffic around the city. Businesses and residents directly affected by planned disruption will receive specific, direct communications forewarning them of the likely impact during specified periods and business engagement sessions will be publicised and held closer to the event.

The Scottish Government are running a travel campaign to encourage the public to plan their journey ahead of travel to, in or 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 head, leave the car if you can and avoid busy days and times. For more information on planning your journey, visit the Traveline Scotland website, download the Traveline Scotland app or go to


During the event there will be a number of road closures around the main venue. These measures are needed to facilitate the safe delivery of the event and maintain the safety and security of participants, citizens and visitors:

  • Congress Road: Road Closed 0600hrs 10th October to 0600hrs 17th November.
  • Congress Way, Finnieston Quay, Tunnel Street, Stobcross Road (section Parallel to A814) and Castlebank Street: These road will be subject to lane restriction and road closures between the 17th to 23rd October. Full road closure 2100hrs 24th October to 0600hrs 21st November.
  • Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay: Road Closure 2100hrs 23rd October to 0600hrs Monday 15th November. Note Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay will reopen to Service Buses Only at 0600hrs 24th October.
  • Finnieston Street – Houldsworth Street to Lancefield Quay: Road Closure 2100hrs 24th October to 0600hrs Monday 15th November. Local Access southbound will be maintained until 28th October.
  • Clydeside Expressway – Partick Interchange to Anderston (Jnct 19): Road Closure 2100hrs Saturday 23rd October to 0600hrs Monday 15th November.
  • Minerva Street – West Greenhill Place: Road Closed 0600hrs 28th October to 0600hrs 13th November. Local Access to private carparks 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 (LATMPs) 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. Road closures can be see on the maps below.

Road Closures and Alternative Routes:

Walking & Cycling Network Closures and Alternative Routes:

Day by Day Map – Sunday 31st October

Day by Day Map – Monday 1st November

Day by Day Map – Tuesday 2nd November

Day by Day Map – Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th November

Day by Day Map – Saturday 6th November

Day by Day Map – Sunday 7th to Saturday 13th November

Based on experience from previous COPs, there is a risk that unofficial fringe activity could occur which could cause further disruption to Glasgow’s transport network.


Police Scotland is committed to working with the United Nations, UK Government and Glasgow City Council to support delivery of a safe and secure event whilst still providing a high standard of service to the communities we serve. This is a significant operation for any police service and will involve one of the biggest mobilisation of police assets the UK has ever seen with around 10,000 officers being deployed each day.

However, Police Scotland has a long history of policing major events from the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, to G8 and state visits. COP26 is no exception and we look forward to playing our part in this historic event.

There will be a significantly enhanced police and security presence in and around the city in advance of and during COP26. As part of this the public may see a more visible armed policing presence. This is nothing to be alarmed about, these officers are first and foremost police officers and may well attend or respond to all types of incidents in order to keep people safe.

Similarly, as part of the overall security operation, there will be increased police patrols on the road network and River Clyde. You may also see more specialist police resources deployed, such as dogs and horses.

While there is no specific threat relating to the event, we will be prepared for any eventuality.

With an event of this scale, disruption is inevitable but we are working with other emergency services and local resilience partners across Scotland to keep this to a minimum.

Information and updates throughout the event will be on River Radio, via the Traffic Scotland website and social media pages and on Get Ready Glasgow social media pages.

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