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MORE THAN 58,000 ACTIVISTS EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN TWO CLIMATE RALLIES THIS WEEK

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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 (6 November) 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 “Friday and Saturday are both expected to be very busy days in the city with tens of thousands of people participating in two large-scale processions. Both events will route along a number of roads in the west end and city centre with resections and road closures in place.
“The same COP26 travel advice applies to the travelling public on these days, please plan ahead and leave extra time for your journey, particularly if you are moving in and around the affected areas. Please visit getreadyglasgow.com to see maps of the procession routes and check latest travel updates before setting out.”

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said: “We have been working closely with partner organisations to plan and prepare for these high-profile events, which will bring thousands of people onto the streets of Glasgow as part of COP26. We will have police officers and staff deployed to facilitate peaceful and safe events on both days.     
“Police Scotland is a rights-based organisation that puts our values of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do. This means that we will protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter-protest at COP26, balanced against the rights of the wider community.  
“Our approach will continue to be proportionate and responsive to support the delivery of a safe and secure COP26.”

Nicola Blaney, Head of Events Resilience at Transport Scotland said: “It’s been a very busy start to COP26. However, at this stage we are pleased to see the majority of commuters and passengers are planning ahead and grateful that they are listening to travel advice.
“Looking ahead to Friday and the weekend, the city will be extremely busy, and disruption is inevitable. There is lots of activity taking place so we would again urge caution and ask people to check GetReadyGlasgow.com and Traffic Scotland for the latest advice before they travel.

“With around 58,000 people expected at the demonstrations alone, public transport and roads will be much busier than usual. So allow extra time for your journeys, consider alternative routes, use public transport if you can and be aware of likely disruption across the Central Belt.”

Please visit the Get Ready Glasgow website and @GetReadyGlasgow on twitter for the latest updates on travel and restrictions across the city.


Full list of restrictions and road closures

From 15:00hrs on the 4 November 2021 until 18:00hrs on 6 November 2021

Prohibition of waiting, loading and unloading

  • Anchor Lane for its full length
  • Argyle Street between Kelvingrove Street and St Vincent Street
  • Blythswood Square (south side) for its full length
  • Crown Street for its full length
  • George Square (north side) for its full length
  • George Street for its full length
  • Greendyke Street for its full length
  • High Street between Duke Street and Saltmarket
  • Kelvingrove Street between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street
  • Nelson Mandela Place for its full length
  • North Hanover Street between Cathedral Street and George Square
  • Pitt Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Radnor Street between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street
  • Saltmarket for its full length
  • Sauchiehall Street between Argyle Street and Royal Crescent
  • South Frederick Street for its full length
  • St Vincent Street between Argyle Street and Pitt Street
  • West George Street between Pitt Street and George Square

From 09:00hrs until 16:00hrs on the 5 November 2021

Prohibition of vehicle movements, any direction (excluding pedal bikes)

  • Anchor Lane for its full length
  • Argyle Street between Kelvingrove Street and St Vincent Street
  • Blythswood Square (south side) for its full length
  • Blythswood Square between West Regent Street and West George Street
  • Douglas Street St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Dumbarton Road between Byres Road and Argyle Street (eastbound closed only)
  • Elmbank Street between Elmbank Crescent and St Vincent Street
  • George Square (north side) for its full length
  • Holland Street between West George Street and St Vincent Street
  • Hope Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Kelvingrove Street between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street
  • Nelson Mandela Place for its full length
  • Newton Street between Elmbank Crescent and St Vincent Street
  • North Hanover Street between Cathedral Street and George Square
  • Pitt Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Radnor Street between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street
  • Renfield Street between West Regent Street and West George Street
  • Sauchiehall Street between Argyle Street and Royal Crescent
  • South Frederick Street, northbound only
  • St Vincent Street between Argyle Street and Pitt Street
  • Wellington Street between West Regent Street and West George Street
  • West Campbell Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • West George Street between Pitt Street and George Square
  • West Nile Street between St Vincent Street and Bath Street

From 05:00hrs until 16:00hrs on the 5 November 2021

Revocation of one way

  • Elderslie Street between Houldsworth Street and William Street

From 05:00hrs until 18:00hrs on the 6 November 2021

Prohibition of vehicle movements, any direction (excluding pedal bikes)

  • Anchor Lane for its full length
  • Argyle Street between Kelvingrove Street and St Vincent Street
  • Blythswood Square (south side) for its full length
  • Blythswood Square between West Regent Street and West George Street
  • Bridgegate between King Street and Saltmarket
  • Crown Street for its full length
  • Douglas Street St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Duke Street between High Street and John Knox Street
  • Dumbarton Road between Byres Road and Argyle Street (eastbound closed only)
  • Elmbank Street between Elmbank Crescent and St Vincent Street
  • George Square (north side) for its full length
  • George Street between George Square and High Street
  • Greendyke Street between London Road and Charlotte Street
  • Greendyke Street between Turnbull Street and Saltmarket
  • High Street for its full length
  • Holland Street between West George Street and St Vincent Street
  • Hope Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Kelvingrove Street between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street
  • London Road between James Morrison Street and Saltmarket
  • Nelson Mandela Place for its full length
  • Newton Street between Elmbank Crescent and St Vincent Street
  • North Hanover Street between Cathedral Street and George Square
  • Pitt Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • Radnor Street between Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street
  • Renfield Street between West Regent Street and West George Street
  • Sauchiehall Street between Argyle Street and Royal Crescent
  • Shuttle Street for its full length
  • South Frederick Street, northbound only
  • St Vincent Street between Argyle Street and Pitt Street
  • Trongate between Albion Street and Gallowgate
  • Wellington Street between West Regent Street and West George Street
  • West Campbell Street between St Vincent Street and West George Street
  • West George Street between Pitt Street and George Square
  • West Nile Street between St Vincent Street and Bath Street

From 09:30hrs until 18:00hrs on the 6 November 2021

Revocation of one way

  • Elderslie Street between Houldsworth Street and William Street

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