Gloucestershire

London 2012: Olympic torch to close roads for two hours

Torchbearer James Mott carries the torch during a dress rehearsal for the Torch Relay
Image caption The Olympic torch will pass through Gloucestershire on 23 May, 24 May and again on 1 July

Some roads will be temporarily closed for up to two hours as the Olympic torch passes through Gloucestershire.

In Cirencester, Stroud, Cheltenham and Gloucester, some roads will be closed a maximum of two hours before the procession passes through.

Painswick, Brockworth, Shurdington, Maisemore, Hartpury, Staunton and Corse roads will be closed for 30 minutes.

Gloucestershire County Council has developed its road closure plan along with Gloucestershire Police.

On 23 May the Olympic torch will make its way from Cirencester through Stroud, on to Painswick and Shurdington and into Cheltenham.

The following day the relay will start at Gloucester Docks and head to Corse and Staunton via Maisemore and Hartpury.

The torch relay will enter the county again on 1 July when it will visit Chipping Campden to mark the 400th anniversary of the Cotswolds Olimpicks.

'Plan ahead'

Previously a head teacher of a Gloucester school raised concerns that road closures could cause delays for pupils sitting their GCSEs .

Road closure notices will be put up on main routes two weeks before the relay.

Sergeant Andy Ewens, from Gloucestershire Police's Olympic Planning Team, said: "We, and our colleagues in partner agencies, have the difficult task of managing a variety of important issues on the days the torch relay comes through Gloucestershire.

"We are doing everything we can to plan for this and everyone living in and working in the area needs to plan ahead as well."

He added that people should tune in to local radio and social media to find out about any last minute unavoidable issues that may arise on both days.

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