How will COP26 affect Rangers fans on upcoming journeys to Ibrox?
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How will COP26 affect Rangers fans on upcoming journeys to Ibrox?

Glasgow is gearing up for COP26 and Rangers will not be excluded from the bargain as everyone in the city prepares for sizeable disruption over the next few weeks.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference is set to be held in Glasgow – something viewed as a great privilege to the city but perhaps not its inhabitants – but as a result there are set to be road closures and diversions aplenty.

Rangers fans travelling to Ibrox will be impacted by COP26. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

VIPs from across the globe are jetting in to discuss the climate crisis and the city’s population is set to swell whilst certain areas have been designated for the conference.

It is set to take place between Sunday the 31st of October and Friday the 12th of November but road closures in Glasgow began at 9pm on Saturday the 23rd of October.

Rangers v Aberdeen & Rangers v Ross County impacted by COP26

During this period, Rangers are set to play two home matches – against Aberdeen on Wednesday 27/10 and Ross County on Sunday 07/11.

During both these matches, there will be sizeable disruptions in terms of how people travel to the stadium.

The main access route to Ibrox from the city centre that will be impacted involves the so-called squinty bridge, or the correctly name Clyde Arc, which is closed to motorists for the duration.

This bridge takes drivers onto Govan Road and then to the stadium but it will not be open to the public.

As you can see from this map, the area to the southwest of the city centre and Finnieston is most affected by road closures.

As a result, the likes of Govan Road and Edmiston Drive have been sounded out as “COP26 alternate routes” meaning these are likely to be busier throughout the conference.

The area surrounding Ibrox has been labelled as being at “risk of congestion” due to diversions designed to take traffic out of the city centre and closed-off areas.

What this essentially means is that anyone coming in and out of the area can expect greater delays and more difficulties travelling.

If travelling by car this will naturally provide a bit of a headache whilst any massive uptake in public transport as a result is sure to put a strain on those systems.

What is clear is that fans should expect disruption and delay in their approach to Ibrox during this period and we’d warn you to leave some time for this in your travel planning.

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