Residents and businesses are being warned of significant disruption when the Olympic torch relay comes to Bolton.
The torch comes to town on Thursday, May 31, as part of its 70-day journey around the UK. It will stay overnight before moving on to Chorley on Friday, June 1.
Overview of the route
The route, which has been set by the Olympics committee LOCOG, requires a number of road closures on May 31 to ensure the event takes place safely.
- From 6am to midnight, Spa Road will be closed from its junction with Walker Street to Queensbrook Industrial Estate. From 3pm the full length of Spa Road will be closed.
- From 12pm to 3pm, there will be residents and business access along Park Road (at Gilnow Road), Mayor St and College Way (at its junction with Ellesmere Street). From 3pm, this route will be fully closed.
- From 3pm to 9pm, Chorley Street will be closed at its junction with Spa Road to its junction with Bark Street and Dawson Lane.
- Le Mans Crescent, Howell Croft North and Howell Croft South will be closed from approximately 3pm. Parking will be suspended all day.
Access will be maintained for emergency services at all times. Residents and businesses, have been notified of arrangements. All road closures will be marshalled.
To make sure the torch relay can pass safely the police will also stop traffic on the route when necessary.
A convoy of sponsors’ vehicles: Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB will arrive around 30 minutes ahead of the torch, giving out free handouts to crowds lining the streets.
Motorists are being advised to: expect significant congestion; avoid driving on the route at times when the relay passes; find alternative routes where possible and to allow extra time for their journeys.
People attending the free Olympic concert in Queen’s Park are being advised to walk in or use public transport where possible. Entry will only be permitted with tickets.
Bus companies are advising passengers to check before travelling because services may be disrupted. Transport for Greater Manchester’s journey planner have an online service for travellers.
Car parks open on the evening of May 31 include: Bow Street; Crompton Street; Deane Road; Market Place; Octagon and Topp Way.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “It is a historic occasion for Bolton and we want to make sure that it’s a great event for everyone.
“We have been working closely with the Olympics committee, Locog, Greater Manchester Police and emergency services, in an effort to minimise disruption. However, we appreciate that an event of this scale means there is likely to be congestion on the roads, and disruption to businesses, residents and motorists. Feedback we’ve had from other places where the torch relay has passed through has reinforced this.
“Roads are only being closed where necessary to ensure the safety of the large number of people expected to welcome the Olympic torch relay as it makes its way around Bolton.”
“We’ve also put up road information signs, written and spoken to affected businesses, and written to residents directly affected by the closures. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience.”
Overview of the route
The torch arrives in Westhoughton, Bolton on Castle Hill Road, at the border with Wigan, at 5.30pm.
It will then travel down the A58 Cricketers Way and along Market Street, before going back on the A58 and in to Bolton via Wigan Road. The torch will then make its way down Deane Road, before entering Victoria Square via Howell Croft South.
The Olympic flame will leave Victoria Square via Le Mans Crescent, on to Deansgate, Spa Road and in to Spa Road playing fields, in Queen’s Park at 6.50pm for the free Olympic concert.
The torch will leave Bolton on June 1, just after 6am, from Victoria Square. It will travel on to Chorley New Road, go down Scholes Bank in Horwich before arriving in Chorley at approximately 7.20am.