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Plan ahead to beat the traffic on Olympic Torch Day

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Revellers are being strongly encouraged by Walsall Council to plan ahead to avoid the traffic and be sure of a prime spot when the Olympic torch passes through Walsall borough this weekend.

More than thirty runners will carry the torch through Bloxwich, Walsall and Willenhall on Saturday June 30.

Rolling road closures will be staged to minimise delays as much as possible.

But traffic managers have issued a warning of significant delays and ask people to plan ahead if they need to make a journey on, across or near to the relay route.


They also warn motorists not to park along the near side of the route as vehicles causing an obstruction or road safety concern may be moved away or risk being towed away.

A web page setting out the closures has been posted to help people plan their day at: http://walsallfor2012.co.uk/torch-faqs

The website also has details of fun events in Walsall town centre, in and around Bloxwich High Street and Market Place, Willenhall on the big day.

And many details have already been published in The Bloxwich Telegraph, with particular relevance to Bloxwich and Leamore residents – see our Olympic Games category.


A route map poster is available via this link: Walsall Council Olympic Torch Relay Map A1 Poster


Councillor Mike Bird, Walsall Council Leader, said:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that people will remember for generations to come.

“There’s no escaping the fact that there will be disruption and we want to issue plenty of warnings in advance.

“Rest assured that we’re working with police to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.

“But our message is simply to plan ahead and allow far more time than you normally would on Saturday to get about whether you are seeing the torch or heading for the church to get married.”

Torch bearers will carry the torch along the A34 through the centre of Bloxwich along High Street then via Somerfield Road to Green Lane where the torch will travel by van towards Walsall town centre along Green Lane.

Torch bearers will go on foot again once they near Walsall Police Station. The convoy will then turn left at Walsall police station and travel on the ring road and Littleton Street before making a right turn onto Lichfield Street and heading towards the Council House.

The torch bearers will progress to Park Street and Gallery Square via Bridge Street and The Bridge and will then progress through the Pleck, Alumwell and Birchills areas on the Wolverhampton Road and on through Bentley towards Willenhall on Wolverhampton Road West.

The torch progresses through New Road in Willenhall town centre, then exits the borough, heading out to Wolverhampton via Somerford Place and the Portobello island at around 2.50pm.