As the excitement of the Olympic Torch in
Peterborough draws closer, Peterborough City Council is
planning to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.
Everyone is invited to line the streets and
cheer the inspirational Torchbearers who will carry the Flame
through Peterborough on the evening of Tuesday 3 July 2012.
However, residents are being advised to expect
traffic delays particularly when the convoy travels along the route
when it will be escorted by police.
Between 6.30pm and 7.20pm the following roads
will be closed:
- Bourges Boulevard in a south easterly
direction from Crescent Bridge roundabout to the Rivergate
roundabout. There will be no access to or egress from Priestgate,
Trinity Street and Wentworth Street.
- Midgate and Long Causeway from their
junctions with Broadway and Westgate.
- City Road. There will be no access to or
egress from Northminster on to City Road.
- Boongate westbound from its junction with
Frank Perkins Parkway.
- St John’s Street from the roundabout at its
junction with Boongate. There will be no access to or egress from
- Bishop’s Road between the entrance to the Wirrina Car Park and
- Fengate in a westerly direction from its junction with
Boongate, except for access to properties and businesses.
- Rivergate southbound from its junction with Bishop’s Road.
Long Causeway and Church Street will be closed from 12noon on
Tuesday 3 July until 12 noon on Wednesday 4 July to facilitate the
events in the city centre.
Between 10pm and 10.15pm on Tuesday 3 July, the following roads
will be closed to allow crowds leaving the Embankment:
- Bourges Boulevard in a south easterly direction from Crescent
Bridge roundabout to the Rivergate roundabout. There will be no
access to or egress from Priestgate, Trinity Street and Wentworth
- Bishop’s Road between its junction with Vineyard Road and
- London Road in a northerly direction from its junction with
The following day, when the Torch continues
its journey, the following roads will be closed between 7am and
8am: Long Causeway, Broadway, Burghley Square, Burghley Road,
Lincoln Road, Maskew Avenue, Bourges Boulevard and Lincoln Road.
Access to and egress from all side roads along this route will be
restricted for approximately ten minutes.
The following roads will be closed between 7am
- Broadway at its junctions with both Westgate and Midgate
- Broadway at its junction with Crawthorne Road
- Burghley Square at its junction with Park Road
- Burghley Square at its junction with Lincoln Road
- Lincoln Road at its junction with Dogsthorpe Road
- Lincoln Road at its junction with Taverners Road
- Taverners Road (eastbound) at its junction with Bourges
All junctions will be re-opened to traffic
once the Torch Relay has passed.
Bishop’s Road car park will be closed from 8pm
on Sunday 1 July 2012 until Wednesday 4 July 2012 so that it can be
used as a base for the support vehicles for the event.
Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations
for Peterborough City Council, said: “The Torch Relay is a
prestigious event, but with something of this size traffic
disruption will be inevitable along the route. Signs warning of
possible delays are being put up along the route so that people
have enough time to make alternative arrangements or plan extra
time for their journey.
“All roads will be reopened as quickly as
possible to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.”
At 5.15pm on Tuesday 3 July, the Torch will be
carried through Burghley House Estate and Gardens. It will
then travel to Nene Valley Railway from Wansford
station to Orton Mere station.
From Orton Mere, at 6.35pm, the Torch will
travel up Oundle Road until turning left on to London Road and
passing over Town Bridge. The torch will then be taken along
Lower Bridge Street across Bourges Boulevard and into Upper Bridge
Street, before turning right through the Cathedral’s gateway. It
will then pass through Dean’s Court, into Wheel Yard and right into
The final part of the journey will see the
Torch pass through St John’s Street, into Vineyard Road, turning
right on to Bishop’s Road, then into Rivergate and Embankment Road
before arriving at the city’s Embankment at 7.20pm.
A free programme of events will take place at
the Embankment between 4.30pm and 10pm.
Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "This
is Peterborough's moment to shine in the light of the Olympic Torch
- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the legendary Flame and
be a part of the event. I am encouraging all of our communities to
come along and enjoy the spectacle and give the Olympic Torch Relay
a first class welcome."