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Cyclists and pedestrians face four-week ban from area around Glasgow climate change summit

Glasgow City Council says restrictions needed for security reasons as SEC hosts COP26 summit in November

Cyclists and pedestrians will be banned from the area around Glasgow’s SEC  for four weeks as part of the security operation around the city’s hosting of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) from 1-12 November.

Glasgow City Council says that temporarily suspending public access rights in and around the NEC from 23 October to 19 November is due to “security requirements” linked to the summit, which will be attended by world leaders and heads of state including US President Joe Biden and the Queen.

According to the event website, “The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

US climate change envoy John Kerry has described the event, which will have some 30,000 accredited attendees, as “humanity’s last chance to avoid environmental apocalypse.”

The event is expected to attract major protests, as happened in 2005 in Edinburgh when Gleneagles hosted the G8 summit, and the security operation will be led by Police Scotland supported by specialist officers brought in from elsewhere in the UK.

A consultation on the temporary suspension of public access rights has been launched by Glasgow City Council and will remain open until this Friday 3 September.

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The exclusion zone is mainly on the north side of the Clyde around the conference centre hosting the summit but also extends across the river to the area around North Quay.

Pedestrians and cyclists will have no access to Finnieston Quay, Pacific Quay or the Millennium and Bells Bridges, as well as paths in the area, with the full list of closures as follows:

C93E (Millennium Bridge)
C93F (Bells Bridge)
Part of C93 (Clyde Walkway (North) between Beith Way and Finnieston Street)
Part of C93A (between Finnieston Quay and Minerva Street)
C93C (between the Riverside Museum and Stobcross Road)
Part of C109 (Clyde Walkway (South) at Pacific Quay)
Part of C54A (Expressway Overbridge at Anderston)
Part of C54B (M8 Overbridge at Anderston)
River Kelvin ‘Core Path on Water’ at Kelvin Harbour.

“Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, the Council is required to provide the opportunity for the public to submit representations or objections to a proposed ‘Section 11 Order’, the purpose of which is to manage public access during the event,” Glasgow City Council says on the consultation page

“The extent of the exclusion zone around the SEC has been determined by the UK and Scottish Governments in conjunction with Police Scotland and is outwith the control of Glasgow City Council,” it continues.

“However, we have proposed alternative routes to help pedestrians and cyclists navigate around the area during the event and would welcome comments or ideas about the proposed routes.

“Objections and representations in respect of the proposed Order may be submitted by email to  getreadyglasgow [at] (subject: Section%2011%20Response) , for the consideration of the Council, to arrive on or before Friday 3rd September 2021. In the case of objections, the grounds on which they are made should be stated. Please mark your email ‘Section 11 Response’.”

The council added: “Please note that we can only consider objections that relate specifically to the proposals for managing non-motorised public access as set out in the notice of the proposed Section 11 Order,” and that “All correspondence specifically relating to the proposed Section 11 Order will be passed to the Scottish Government to inform their assessment of the draft Order.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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