London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Thursday 26th July 2012
The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Islington on Thursday 26th July.
Islington residents are being invited to line the streets to see the Olympic Torch and we are expecting large crowds along the route. The police and Islington Council are working together to ensure that the torch relay is a safe and enjoyable event for residents and visitors. However, if you have a business that is on the torch relay route you will notice some disruption.
The Olympic Torch will begin its journey through Islington at the London Canal Museum at approximately 7.58am, coming from Kings Cross – St Pancras. Torchbearers will then make their way up Caledonian Road, Offord Road and Highbury Station Road to Highbury Corner roundabout before heading down Upper Street. There will be a brief pause outside the Town Hall (at approximately 8.22am) before the Torch continues past Angel in to St Johns Street and then heads into the City of London at 8.50am.
The police will be implementing rolling road closures along the torch relay route. It will therefore be difficult to move along or cross the route between 7.50am and 9am.
There will be some parking restrictions in place for the torch relay. Parking suspensions along the route will be in place for two days on 25th and 26th July 2012. However, enforcement of the parking suspensions will begin at 5am on the 26th July. All suspensions can be identified via a yellow Advanced Warning Notice.
If you have a business in the borough, due to the road closures and parking restrictions it is unlikely that deliveries will be able to reach your business between 7.30am and 9.30am. Please visit http://www.islington.gov.uk and search for ‘olympic deliveries’ for further guidance.
Making sure that residents, visitors and properties are safe is a priority. Police have special arrangements in place for the day and there will be 150 stewards on duty to support them. Barriers and cordons will also be put up where necessary to help with crowd control.
During the torch relay there will be inevitably be some disruption to traffic and public transport as residents and visitors take the opportunity to see the torch pass. There will be temporary diversions for traffic and buses so please take this into account and allow extra time for your journey.