Motorists asked to be patient as Torch Relay comes to Essex
Police are asking drivers to be patient as the Olympic
Torch Relay arrives from Suffolk into Essex on Friday, July 6,
Motorists are advised to check that their normal route will not be
affected and if it is to expect some delays in order to ensure
the event passes off smoothly.
Short delays can be expected on Friday, July 6, 2012 as the
torch arrives in Essex from Ipswich. It will be visiting
Colchester, just before 8am, then on to Hatfield Peverel on to
Heybridge and Maldon then to Rayleigh before a lunchtime event in
Southend on Sea.
From here it visits the Olympic Mountain Bike venue in
Hadleigh,(2pm) travelling on to Basildon, through Grays, then
Herongate and Brentwood (6pm) and up to Hylands Park,
Torch Relay celebrates local heroes, recognising their contribution
to society and their achivements.
ACC Sue Harrison
The overnight stop is in Chelmsford where the large evening
celebration event ‘Sparks will Fly’ will take place at Hylands
Traffic speed restrictions will be in place on the A414 Three
Mile Hill and surrounding area for the evening celebration and
motorists not attending the concert are recommended to find
alternative routes where possible.
On Saturday July 7, 2012 just before 7am the convoy travels
from Chelmsford to Harlow then out to Waltham Abbey and the Olympic
Slalom Canoe Venue in Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire. After
visiting a number of towns in Hertfordshire, the Torch returns to
Essex through Stansted Mountfitchet, (11.50am) then on to Newport
and Saffron Walden(12.30pm), finally leaving the county into
Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in the early afternoon.
Roads along some sections of the route may be closed for some
time before the torch arrives and until it has passed. There will
also be a ‘rolling road closure’ moving with the torch. Traffic
control arrangements have been designed to ensure that traffic
flows return to normal as quickly as possible after the convoy has
passed. Traffic marshals and stewards will be positioned along the
route to offer help, advice and directions.
Police are asking motorists to remain patient if the torch is
moving through an area where they are driving. Advice boards are in
the locations where the Torch will be visiting and motorists are
asked to take note of when there will be restrictions in their
area. Police would like to thank motorists in advance for their
It is our job to
ensure the torchbearers and the spectators enjoy their moment
ACC Sue Harrison
Spectators are also advised to plan their journey; allow
themselves plenty of time to get to their chosen viewing point and
listen to the advice given by traffic marshals and stewards.
Police ask spectators to look after their belongings especially
bags, purses and phones. In addition, parents are reminded to keep
their children close so they are not in danger within the crowds or
near to the road. Remember to lock/close windows and doors in
your home and car before your leave.
ACC Sue Harrison said: "The Olympic Torch Relay celebrates local
heroes, recognising their contribution to society and their
achievements. For our local communities and every Torchbearer the
Relay represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; it is our job to
ensure they, and the spectators, enjoy their moment safely and
Please don't call 101 for Olympic Torch updates. Visit the
London 2012 website or local
authority websites for information.