19 June 2012
Drivers using motorways and trunk roads in the Midlands are being advised to plan their journeys in advance as the Olympic Torch passes through the region.
The Torch Relay will affect roads managed by the Highways Agency on the following dates, locations and expected times in June:
At 08:30 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy will cross the A46 (Lincoln) using the A57 from Lincoln City Centre.
At 14:04 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy crosses the A46 (Newark) from the A617.
At 14:47 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to join the A1 at its junction with the B6326 and travels south for approximately 10 miles leaving at the junction with the B1174.
At 16:13 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to join the A52 (Barrowby Road) in Grantham travelling west to Radcliffe on Trent.
At 16:56 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to rejoin the A52 continuing west until Gamston Island to go on to the National Water Sports Centre.
At 11:19 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to join the M1 North at Junction 27, from the A608 and travel north until Junction29, where it will exit and take the A617 to Glapwell.
At 18:28 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy will cross the A38 at Markeaton traffic island from the A52 (Ashbourne Road) in Mackworth and exit onto the A52 (Ashbourne Road) in Derby city.
From 07:21 to 07:27 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to join the A38 from the A516 and travels west towards Burton on Trent.
From 08:28 to 08:34 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to travel along the A38 towards The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.
From 09:07 to 09:13 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to travel along the A38 and then joins the A5127 (Burton Road) towards Lichfield.
At 09:44 to 10:08 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to join the A51 and then travel towards Hopwas and Tamworth.
At 10:57 the Olympic Torch Convoy is expected to travel along the A5 Tamworth to Great Wyrley and then join the A34 (Walsall Road) at approximately 11:18 hours.
At 14:08 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy will cross the M6 at Junction 10.
From 17:53 to 17:55 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy travels along the A4123 and A4034 adjacent to M5 Junction 2
At 18:30 hours, the Olympic Torch Convoy travel around the island above the M5 Junction 1.
Matthew Pates, Emergency Planning Manager for the Highways Agency Midlands region, said: "Road users who are planning to use routes in the Midlands affected by the Olympic Torch Relay can help us to help them by planning their journey in advance and leaving extra time, as our roads in the area are likely to be busy while the Torch is moving through. We will use our electronic message signs to give drivers information about any diversions and delays, and provide up-to-the minute information about traffic conditions on the motorways and other major roads we manage using local radio. People can use a range of Highways Agency mobile services to check the traffic conditions on these routes before they leave or when parked - they include an iPhone app, mobile website and regular updates on our Twitter feed at @HAtraffic_wmids from West Midlands region or @HAtraffic_emids for East Midlands region."
Highways Agency Traffic Officers will be patrolling the motorways in the Midlands to clear any incidents quickly, while staff at Highways Agency's regional control centres will be monitoring the network via CCTV and using other state-of-the-art technology to keep traffic moving.
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