More than 58,000 activists including Greta Thunberg are set to protest in two COP26 rallies in Glasgow this weekend. 

Youth and Public Empowerment Day on Friday November 5 will see 8000 participants, including the 18-year-old Swedish activist, marching in The Climate Strike by Fridays for Future Scotland.

The crowd will make its way across the city, ending at George Square via Kelvin Way, Sauchiehall Street, Kelvingrove Street, Argyle Street, St. Vincent Street, Pitt Street, West George Street, Blythswood Square, West George Street, Nelson Mandela Place and West George Street.

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Another protest begins at Kelvingrove Park on Saturday November 6 as part of Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.

The procession will kick off at 12.30pm and travel along Argyle Street, St Vincent Street, George Street and down High Street towards Glasgow Green.

Road closures are already being planned in anticipation of the events. 

On Friday roads will close at 9am before the procession starts and reopen once the parade has passed and it is deemed safe to do so.

On Saturday there will be road closures with no vehicle access from 5am until 6pm.

Andy Waddell, Director of City Operations at Glasgow City Council, said: “Friday and Saturday are both expected to be very busy days in the city with tens of thousands of people participating in two large-scale processions. Both events will route along a number of roads in the west end and city centre with resections and road closures in place.

“The same COP26 travel advice applies to the travelling public on these days, please plan ahead and leave extra time for your journey, particularly if you are moving in and around the affected areas. Please visit to see maps of the procession routes and check latest travel updates before setting out.”

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Police Scotland have also said they are preparing for the high volume of protesters in the city this weekend and throughout the climate summit. 

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said: "We have been working closely with partner organisations to plan and prepare for these high-profile events, which will bring thousands of people onto the streets of Glasgow as part of COP26. We will have police officers and staff deployed to facilitate peaceful and safe events on both days.     

"Police Scotland is a rights-based organisation that puts our values of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do. This means that we will protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter-protest at COP26, balanced against the rights of the wider community.  

"Our approach will continue to be proportionate and responsive to support the delivery of a safe and secure COP26."

Those travelling in and around Glasgow are advised to be aware of significant disruptions that the demonstrations will present. 

Nicola Blaney, Head of Events Resilience at Transport Scotland added: “It’s been a very busy start to COP26. However, at this stage we are pleased to see the majority of commuters and passengers are planning ahead and grateful that they are listening to travel advice.

“Looking ahead to Friday and the weekend, the city will be extremely busy, and disruption is inevitable. There is lots of activity taking place so we would again urge caution and ask people to check and Traffic Scotland for the latest advice before they travel.

“With around 58,000 people expected at the demonstrations alone, public transport and roads will be much busier than usual. So allow extra time for your journeys, consider alternative routes, use public transport if you can and be aware of likely disruption across the Central Belt.”