The Olympic Torch relay is set to light up Hertfordshire's towns on July the 7th and 8th...On Saturday July 7th, Torchbearers will be in Waltham Cross at the Olympic venue before heading to Hertford, Ware and Bishop's Stortford.
Saturday 7th July:
·Waltham Cross – 0850 start
·Ware – 1041 start
·Bishop’s Stortford – 1117 start
Sunday 8th July:
·Letchworth – 1120 start
·Stevenage - 1202 start
·Welwyn Garden City – 1341 start
·Hatfield – 1424 start (Hatfield House 1430 - there's public access to the park from 1330; University of Herts and Herts Youth Games 1530 – not public)
·St Albans – 1606 start
Only one formal road closure is planned at Stonehills, Welwyn Garden City to enable the town centre event to take place. However, Metropolitan Police Officers, travelling with the Olympic Torch Relay convoy, will be undertaking a series of rolling road closures to stop vehicles turning into the passage of the Olympic Torch Relay convoy. For example, in Welwyn Garden City, from shortly before and during the passage of the convoy down Parkway, entrance to Parkway from Howardsgate, Church Road, Parkfields, The Cloisters and Birdcroft Road will be temporarily suspended.
Due to the temporary road closures taking place, delays are expected. The Olympic Torch Relay will pass through the borough at a speed of 4mph, while it’s running. It is due to take around 40 minutes to make its way through each town; therefore, we expect tailbacks.
Councillor Helen Bromley, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, said: "We
don’t want anyone to be disappointed at missing the Olympic Torch Relay due to
delays getting into town, and if we can minimise delays for people leaving,
then that will certainly help too.
We want to ensure that everyone has a fun and memorable day…for the right reasons, not from being stuck in a queue!"
The route of the 2012 Olympic Torch - St Albans (Sunday 8th July):
The Olympic Flame will arrive in St Albans at 4.06pm. Torchbearers will carry the flame along the length of Hatfield Road from its junction with Charlotte Close (near Oaklands College, Smallford Campus). They will then take it across St Peter’s Street into Catherine Street, along Folly Lane joining Verulam Road before finishing near the Batchwood roundabout.
the torch route, you can enjoy music, face painting and ‘Play in the Parks’ at
Fleetville and Oysterfields recreation grounds. Clarence Park has fun and games
with St Albans City Youth Football Club.
The fun continues at Victoria
Playing Fields with the Friends of Victoria Playing Fields organising lots of
activities and a community Cricket Match. There is judo, zumba, street
entertainment, music and lots more in the city centre.
The churches along the route are laying on celebratory events. Hatfield Road Methodist Church, St Paul’s Church and St Peter’s Church all have activities. St Peter’s Church is offering tours of the tower.
Mike Wakely from St Albans
City and District Council, said: "This is one of those historic moments for St
Albans and we are expecting lots of people to line the streets.
We have gone to
town on the bunting and there are flags designed by local children to wave as
we cheer the runners on. The Olympic Torch is due in the District from Hatfield
at 4.06pm, but there is plenty of fun and things to see all day, so people can
make a real day of it.
In the morning, the Freedom Parade* is taking place in the city, and with the Farmers Market, the Wheathampstead Village Day, and all the community events all over town, there’s going to be a real buzz. Make sure you get your spot early, crowds are expected."