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Kelvin Way Road Closures Ahead of COP26

Published: 26 October 2021

From Friday 29 October until Tuesday 2 November, Kelvin Way will be closed to all traffic including walkers, wheelers and cyclists as part of Glasgow's preparations to host the UN Climate Change Conference - COP26.

Pedestrian access to Kelvingrove Park will be possible through the Gray Street entrance.

Whilst COP26 runs between 31 October and 12 November, there is a requirement to close Kelvin Way ahead of the conference to make the required preparations. Both the significance of the event in agreeing action to safeguard the future of the planet and the profile of the attendees - including world leaders and heads of state, means that inevitably there will be a significant security operation resulting in road closures and restrictions on some routes across the city. 

Please also note that due to marches taking place on Friday 5 November (Fridays For Future Scotland) and Saturday 6 November (COP26 Coalition) - Kelvin Way will be closed to vehicular traffic. Access to pedestrians not taking part in the marches may also be temporarily limited or subject to restriction on these dates.  The required restrictions will be introduced in advance of each of the processions starting.

Access to Kelvin Way will resume as soon as possible after each event on both dates.

Next Steps:

Work started yesterday (25 October) to prepare Kelvin Way for the temporary closures and these early operations will include the short-term removal of street furniture and decorative planters along the thoroughfare. Please note that all features will be reinstated from 8 November onwards.

Spaces for People:

Kelvin Way has been part-closed to vehicle traffic since last year as a result of our Spaces for People programme which has provided extra space for active travel and exercise during COVID-19. These temporary closures for COP26 will not impact upon our recent commitment to make permanent all Spaces for People road layout changes at this location.

Get Ready Glasgow:

COP26 travel advice and information is available at and includes details of which roads, footpaths and cycleways will be subject to closure as well as details of alternative routes.

Published: 26 October 2021

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