Paramics Discovery used to develop a travel demand strategy for COP26
24 March 2022

Paramics Discovery used to develop a travel demand strategy for COP26

SYSTRA was commissioned by Transport Scotland in 2019 to assist in developing the travel demand strategy for the COP26 climate change conference, held in Glasgow in November 2021.

COP26 was held at the SEC Hydro, located on the banks of the River Clyde. Given the size of the conference, significant traffic management and travel demand components were required to ensure delegates and the public could access the event easily and safely while the surface streets in Glasgow could continue to operate, albeit in a more congested manner.

The most significant road closure was the Clydeside Expressway, a major arterial route to the west of the city centre followed by complementary road closures on the nearby local roads. Closures were also to be in place in Glasgow City Centre for the Activist March and alternative diversion routes were proposed.

SYSTRA modelled the proposed road closures in the Glasgow City Centre Paramics Discovery model and identified potential areas of increased congestion and delay on the road network. This data was subsequently used in the COP26 Transport Plan.

SYSTRA also modelled the Heads of State motorcades. They advised on the safest route and the form the travel demand provision would take. The road closures associated with the Activist March in the city was also modelled in Paramics Discovery. This involved the closure and reopening of local routes as the march progressed through the city.

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