Road closures announced in Wellingborough for the Olympic torch visit

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Wellingborough Council has announed parking restrictions and road closures for when the Olympic torch comes to town on Monday, July 2.

The flame will be carried by 11 torchbearers as it travels through the town centre and on to Isham.

The historic occasion is expected to attract tens of thousands of spectators the length of the route, including more than 5,000 local school children.

The council has written to residents and businesses along the route to let them about of temporary access and parking restrictions.

The restrictions will come into effect in the early hours of July 2 and will remain in place until the torch has gone through the borough.

Parking will not be allowed along Sheep Street, High Street, Broad Green or Harrowden Road in the town centre and any parked cars causing an obstruction along the route will run the risk of being moved by the police.

All roads along the torch relay route will be closed from 10.30am and won’t be opened again until the torchbearers and convoy vehicles have passed. Roads leading onto the route will also be affected, meaning that road closures will include London Road, Sheep Street, Oxford Street, High Street, Harrowden Road, Broad Green, Isham High Street and A509 Isham.

There will be no entry or exit allowed from the Castlefields retail park or Jackson’s Lane car park for the duration of the road closures.

The council is advising town centre employers to brief their staff about the restrictions before the day so that they can plan their journey into work. Some bus journeys may be disrupted as well.

Council leader Paul Bell said: “The Olympic Torch Relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something really special. The spotlight will be on Wellingborough and I have no doubt that our residents, businesses and visitors will do us proud. There will obviously be some disruption, but our priority has to be the safety of the thousands of people expected to line our streets.”

The flame is expected to begin its Wellingborough journey at about 11.20am by the Dog and Duck pub on London Road. It will be carried through the centre before leaving the town at around 11.50am.

A short car journey, where the flame will not be visible, will take the torch to Isham for 11.55am, where it will be carried through the centre of the village before heading off to Kettering.