Renfrewshire residents urged to plan ahead for travel while COP26 takes place

By Alison Rennie

Renfrewshire residents are being warned to plan ahead amid expected travel disruption while COP26 takes place in Glasgow.

Organisers have launched a public awareness campaign to remind people there could be weeks of disruption in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Up to 140 world leaders and 25,000 conference delegates are expected to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP26 conference at Glasgow’s SEC.

The event takes place from October 31 to November 12, however, road closures will start to take effect from Saturday, October 23. Planned and unplanned protests are also expected.

A website – Get Ready Glasgow – will have all the up-to-date travel information and advice so people can prepare and plan ahead for any journeys both in the run up and during the conference.

Scotland’s Transport Minister Graeme Dey, said: “As a huge coup for Glasgow and, indeed, Scotland, COP26 is widely anticipated to be a once-in-a-lifetime global event and one like no other the city has hosted.

“The scale of the event is unprecedented on so many levels which is why it is vital that people are equipped with the latest information to help organise travel plans in advance and, where necessary, make alternative arrangements.

“The most up-to-date information including a detailed travel plan, maps, road closures and dates for community and business engagement sessions is readily available.

“I would again urge commuters, businesses and the public to take some time to familiarise themselves with the plans so that we can all work together to help deliver a successful event while keeping Glasgow and the Central Belt moving. I am especially grateful to businesses and the public for engaging with this campaign and playing their part in such a momentous event.”

Get Ready Glasgow is the go-to website for more detailed information and will be updated on an ongoing basis - www.getreadyglasgow.com

The website provides details on alternative routes, local road closure dates and where local access will be maintained. It also includes maps highlighting where and when impacts are most likely to help give the public, businesses, delegates and visitors a clearer idea of what to expect on certain days.

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