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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Olympic Torch Relay in Carlisle

On Wednesday, the Torch Relay will start its journey in CARLISLE at about 6pm, at the junction of Warwick Road and Montgomery Way.

It will then travel towards the city centre, via The Crescent, into the main pedestrianised area and will pass by the Old Town Hall at around 6.30pm.

It will then continue its journey down Castle Street, Finkle Street, Fisher Street, Market Street, then onto West Tower Street towards Bitts Park, where it will arrive around 6.50pm and where an evening celebration event will be held.

There will be rolling and temporary road closures in place.

On Wednesday, these traffic and parking restrictions will be in place:

  • No parking on Finkle Street between 7am and 7pm.
  • No parking on Castle Street, St Mary‟s Gate, Fisher Street and Market Street between 12noon and 7pm.
  • Road closure on Bank Street from 12noon to 7pm except for access for delivery purposes only.
  • Road closure on Castle Street, Finkle Street, St Mary‟s Gate, Market Street, West Walls and Abbey Street around 6.15pm to accommodate the cavalcade's route around the streets between 6.38pm and 6.45pm.
  • 5.45pm - 6.30pm – Temporary road closure on Warwick Road, between Montgomery Way and Spencer Street and on Victoria Place between Warwick Road and Georgian Way. Traffic will be directed onto Spencer Street and London Road to access the A69 and M6.

Once the relay passes Victoria Place, the eastbound route will be reopened along Warwick Road.

  • A rolling road closure of traffic at the Spencer Street/Victoria Place junction will start at about 6.30pm for traffic moving along Spencer Street.

The east bound route heading along Victoria Place will be re-opened to traffic once the entire cavalcade has passed this point.

  • The rolling road closure will continue along Spencer Street, Warwick Road around the Citadel and into English Street where it moves into the city centre pedestrian zone at around 6.35pm. Access to side roads will be temporarily suspended until the cavalcade passes, after which point they will be re-opened to normal traffic.

Blue Badge holders will not be able to park in the city centre on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the relay will arrive back in Carlisle at about 10.15am.

It will travel down Kingstown Road, Scotland Road, Hardwicke Circus and Castle Way towards Wigton Road, leaving the Carlisle boundary around 11am.

It will transfer to 'Convoy mode' to head towards Wigton.

All traffic will be managed by “rolling road closure” (police outriders will stop traffic at junctions until the cavalcade passes by) after which the roads will be re-opened.

Traffic heading in the same direction as the cavalcade will be subject to delays and should seek alternative routes as the 12 vehicle convoy will be travelling at 4mph while in “Torch Bearer” mode.

If you have a business delivery scheduled on the day of the torch visit, it may be worth considering altering the timings to ensure they are not disrupted by the traffic.

It may also be worth letting your customers know that the event is happening. The rolling road closure is for a short period, but if you want to speak to someone about what impact this may have, contact 01228 817537.

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