Pedestrians and cyclists ‘banned from SEC area during COP26’

Glasgow City Council said the ban was needed to ensure security for those attending the global event.

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The SEC and surrounding area is set to be a no-go zone for cyclists and pedestrians for almost a month under COP26 security rules. 

Glasgow City Council is running a consultation on the suspension of public access rights around the venue for the climate change summit. 

The site covering Finnieston and Pacific Quays, Millennium and Bells Bridges and a number of paths will be out of bounds from October 23 to November 19.

Alternative routes are to be put in place.

The council said the ban is needed to ensure security for people attending the global event and for public safety. 

US President Joe Biden, the Queen, Pope Francis and climate campaigner Greta Thunberg are due to attend.

The council said: “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. 

“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.”

COP 26 will take place from Monday November 1 to 12.

The order to temporarily ban access rights to land at the SEC covers the following paths:

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

The consultation on the suspension of public access rights is due to end on September 3 and objections can be emailed to

Reporting by Local Democracy Reporter Sarah Hilley