• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

COP26 Glasgow: Here’s Your Complete Travel Guide to Road Closures


Commuters in Glasgow have been warned of an unprecedented traffic disruption as several of the city’s main roads close from TOMORROW as the COP26 summit approaches.

The Clydeside Expressway will close for three weeks starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday 23 October and reopen on Monday 15 November.

The closure is expected to affect the area between the Partick and Anderston interchange.

Other areas affected will include Finnieston, Anderston and Partick as well as the city center and the M8.

Closure of the Clydeside Expressway

Here is your complete guide to the dates of road closures in Glasgow during COP26:

  • Congress Route (Closed from 6 a.m. on October 10 to November 17 at 6 a.m.)
  • Congress Way, Finnieston Quay, Tunnel Street, Stobcross Road (section parallel to the A814) and Castlebank Street (Closed from 9 p.m. on October 24 until November 21 at 6 a.m.)
  • Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay – west of Elliot Street (Closed from 9 p.m. on October 23 until November 15 at 6 a.m.)
  • Finnieston Street – Houldsworth Street to Lancefield Quay (Closed from 9 p.m. on October 24 until November 15 at 6 a.m.) Local southbound access will be maintained until October 28.
  • Clydeside Expressway – Partick interchange to Anderston (Jnct 19) (Closed from 9 p.m. on October 24 until November 15 at 6 a.m.)
  • Minerva Street – West Greenhill Place (Closed from 6 a.m. from October 28 to November 13 at 6 a.m.) Local access to private car parks will be maintained.

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Alternative routes will be put in place throughout the World Summit on Great Western Road, Byres Road, Clyde Tunnel and Paisley Road West.

The M8 and M74 are the motorways most likely to be affected by closures and restrictions.

The main carriageway of the M74 on the approach and through the M8 Braids section will be extremely busy where additional weaving is expected as more traffic heads towards the Clyde Tunnel, heading west.

Increased queues and delays are expected on the M8 Junction 25 westbound exit ramp (Clyde Tunnel) as more traffic heads into the tunnel northbound and from the tunnel southbound. This is a key access route to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

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On Monday, November 1, there will be additional road closures around Argyle Street, which is one of the major detour routes, due to a COP26 event. This will increase congestion and put additional pressure on the road network.

Friday November 5 and Saturday November 6 are also expected to be exceptionally busy, due to the planned climate change marches from Kelvingrove Park to the city center and Glasgow Green.

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You can view day-to-day maps of road closures and detours on the Get Ready Glasgow website.


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