COP26: Leaders greeted by SNP ‘mismanagement’ says Grimes
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COP26 will soon be underway in Glasgow, with leaders from around the world travelling to Scotland to discuss how the world can tackle the climate crisis. While there are lofty ambitions for them, many in the city of Glasgow have been anticipating how they will get through almost a fortnight of road closures, heightened security and protests.
The police response to the event will be huge – with thousands of police officers brought in to Glasgow to oversee the climate summit.
Some 10,000 officers will be deployed each day, surrounding the event and roads around the SEC venue in the west of the city.
Every force in the UK will assist Police Scotland with operations, including British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Ministry of Defence police.
Police Scotland has said it will facilitate safe and peaceful protest – but arrests will be made if protests block key routes or become unsafe.
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A number of major routes in Glasgow will be blocked throughout the duration of the event, regardless of protests.
Speaking about the road closures, Glasgow City Council have said in a statement: “COP26 will be unlike any other major event that Glasgow has hosted.
“It will create a unique set of challenges for our travel network. The event is huge and very complicated.
“Our job has been to set up alternative routes, signpost diversions and publicise the road closures so that everyone knows the best ways to keep moving during COP26.”
Which roads will be closed in Glasgow and when?
• Congress Road between 6am on October 10 to 6am on November 17.
• Congress Way, Finnieston Quay, Tunnel Street, Stobcross Road (section parallel to A814) and Castle Bankstreet: Full road closures from 9pm on October 24 to 6am on November 21.
• Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay: full road closure from 9am on October 23 to 6am on November 15.
• Finnieston Street – Houldsworth Street to Lancefield Quay from 9am on October to 6am on November 15 (local access southbound will be maintained until October 28).
• Clydeside Expressway – Partick Interchange to Anderston (junction 19) from 9pm on October 23 to 6am on November 15.
• Minerva Street – West Greenhill Place from 6am on October 28 to 6am on November 13
When will protests take place?
The key day of protests will take place on November 6, which has been designated as the Global Day for Climate Justice.
This major protest will include 100 organisations, and some 100,000 protestors are expected to arrive in Glasgow from all over the world.
Which other groups have announced protests?
Extinction Rebellion has already announced it will be supporting action in Glasgow throughout COP26.
A statement on its website reads: “We will support disruptive action in Glasgow as far as possible without over-committing on resources.
“We are assessing our strategic focus and planning for the most efficient and effective use of those resources.”
Insulate Britain, which has been causing havoc on motorways in recent weeks, have pledged to perform roadblocking protests throughout the conference.
Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has backed protestors who plan to cause disruption during COP26 but said they must not endanger human life.
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