Jul 20 2012

Olympic Torch in Harrow – Your guide

The Olympic Torch will travel through Harrow on Wednesday 25th July 2012 from 9.15am to 10.20am

On the morning of the Olympic Torch Relay, prior to commencement at 09.15, Pinner View will be closed to traffic from the junction of Woodberry Avenue through to its end at Headstone Manor. Station Road between Sheepcote Road and College Road will also be closed.

There will also be closures or banned turns at the junctions of:

  • Football Lane, junction with Peterborough Road
  • Church Hill
  • West Street
  • Waldron Road
  • Byron Hill Road
  • Harrow Park J/O High Street
  • London Road J/O Roxeth Hill to create a one way flow of traffic over
  • Harrow on the Hill

A torch avoidance route will be signed at key junctions to advise motorists how to avoid the torch relay. The police will operate a rolling closure along the torch route with motorcycle officers stopping traffic at junctions as the convoys approach and pass.

It is intended that traffic travelling in the opposite direction to the convoy will be permitted and traffic following the convoy will continue albeit at a very slow pace. However, for reason of safety, it may be necessary to implement more widespread road closures and divert traffic away from the spectators/convoy and onto the torch avoidance
routes. This decision will be made on the morning of the relay.

Crowds start to gather from an hour beforehand and we are expecting significant numbers as it is only two days before the Olympics start.

If you, your family, staff, visitors or customers are likely to be affected by the relay please plan journeys to avoid the route if possible and if it is necessary to travel along the route allow plenty of time either side of the advertised timings to avoid the inevitable significant delays.

Public Transport

Detailed information has been provided by Transport for London (TfL) to help you travel to work, around the borough and to Olympic events. Visit: www.getaheadofthegames.com

The Olympic flame starts its journey at the historic Headstone Manor before travelling through Wealdstone, Harrow Town Centre and over Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Headstone Manor

09.17am – The flame is lit and starts from Headstone Manor to the sound of a trumpet fanfare. Vaughan school are performing a specially created dance piece, and there will be medieval combat demonstrations.

Access to Headstone Manor is strictly by invitation only. Once out of the museum the flame will do a lap of the Bessborough cricket ground before setting off down Pinner View and along Headstone Drive.

10.00am – Once the flame departs Headstone Manor & Museum opens its doors to all for a family fun day with workshops, displays and demonstrations continuing until 2pm.

Bessborough Cricket Ground

08.30am – A demonstration cricket match will be taking place before the flame takes a lap of the boundary at around 9.19am.

Palmerston Road/ Siddhashram Shakti International Centre

09.00am – Dancers and Dohl drummers will perform in advance of the flame’s arrival.

09.41am – The flame reaches Palmerston Road.

Katie’s Statue, Harrow Town Centre

09.00am – Harrow Community Radio will be delivering a live broadcast, and the crowds can enjoy performances by Elevate Street Dance and the Merrydowners Morris Dancers.

09.54am – The flame goes through the Town Centre.

Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill

09.00am – The Glen Trew Pipe Band and St Mary’s Church children’s choir provide a musical accompaniment to celebrations on the Hill. The church bells will also be rung to mark this historic moment.

10.08am – The flame goes over the top of the hill.

St George’s Catholic Primary School

10.00am – Children from the school have been making flags and banners and will be lining the route to see the flame cross the border into Brent

10.18am – The flame heads down Sudbury Hill and out of the borough.

Source: Harrow Council


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