9:51am Friday 25th May 2012
THE Olympic torch relay comes to Warrington on Thursday.
Thousands of fans are expected to line the route with the torch being carried by 13 runners in town.
Here are some answers to popular questions about what will happen on the day.
What time does the torch arrive in Warrington?
The activation convoy that accompanies the torch will arrive in Warrington around 12.45pm and the torchbearers will begin running on our streets just before 1pm.
Can I come and watch it?
Yes, this is Warrington’s moment to shine.
Where is the torch going in Warrington?
The torch arrives in Warrington from Halton via Liverpool Road in convoy mode, the first torchbearer takes over at the Crosfields Island running along Sankey Street to Marketgate, down Horsemarket Street, up Winwick Street, then Winwick Road, Jubilee Way ,it leaves Orford Jubilee Park in convoy mode and travels to Cromwell Avenue where it returns to torchbearer mode for the short trip to BT offices at Europa Boulevard.
It will leave the BT offices in convoy mode.
Will all of these roads close on Thursday?
No, the council’s highways team plan to close just three roads, Sankey Street, Winwick Street (near the Lord Rodney pub) and Jubilee Way.
What time will the three roads close?
Sankey Street at 10am, Winwick Street at 10.15am and Jubilee Way around 10.30am.
While the torch is being carried through Warrington the police will be implementing a series of rolling road closures which road users should bear in mind if planning to travel at that time.
These roads will re-open on Thursday afternoon once the convoy has safely passed and crowds have dispersed, Sankey Street and Jubilee Way are likely to take a little longer to open as a number of school parties are in these areas.
What’s happening on the day in Warrington?
There will be three main areas of activity on the day – local primary schools will be taking part in a mini-Olympics event in Bank Park, the Warrington Male Voice Choir will be performing at Marketgate and there will be a huge dance performance at Orford Park by 500 primary and secondary school pupils from across the borough.
There will also be a public Coca Cola sponsored stop at Tesco for 15 minutes.
Are there any seats or accessible viewing areas?
Two hundred seats will be laid out on Sankey Street – near the Golden Gates for those with mobility issues who want to see the relay, Winwick Street – in front of the car park on the corner of Tanners Lane. Limited disabled parking is also available at Orford Park.
Speaking of Orford Park, can I park there?
Unfortunately there will be no public parking at Orford Park for this event, performers and spectating schools have parking priority along with the vehicle convoy that accompanies the torch.
Will the Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub be open on Thursday to users?
The hub building will be closed to the public until 5pm on Thursday to allow for set up and break down of the stage and safe moving of all the equipment needed to put on this event.
What time does the torch leave Warrington?
It will leave BT’s offices in Westbrook in convoy mode at around 3pm, bound for Lowton, Wigan and Bolton.
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