Mansfield prepares to welcome Olympic Flame
As Mansfield prepares for the exciting arrival of the Olympic Torch, Mansfield District Council is planning ahead to ensure its safe passage through the District and help local communities enjoy the celebrations.
Mansfield District Council has been working on the plans in close cooperation with the Nottinghamshire County Council, as the local highway and traffic authority, Nottinghamshire Police and LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games).
Agencies have been working together to ensure that roads along the route will be clear on June 28, while at the same time minimising disruption to residents and businesses alike.
Residents and businesses directly affected by the torch relay will be sent a letter advising them of how road closures and parking restrictions will affect them. Road signs will be in place two weeks before the day the relay arrives in the District.
The torch arrives in Mansfield on day 41 of the relay around the UK ahead of London 2012 Olympic Games, where the torch will be carried by torch bearers and be on public view. In between those locations the torch will be transported in a convoy of vehicles and will not be on public view.
Local people intending to line the route are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and allow plenty of time. People seeking to travel may also consider travelling by walking or cycling on that date, where possible.
Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "The excitement is building and we are looking forward to seeing the Olympic flame pass through the streets of Mansfield on Thursday 28 June. This is a once in a life time experience and we have been busy planning with our partners to ensure as many people as possible can see the Olympic Torch in Mansfield and make it a day to remember."
Superintendent Mark Holland, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The Torch Relay, as with everything else connected to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is a celebration of sport, but we need to ensure any event that attracts large numbers of people passes off safely. That will be our top priority for the duration of the relay in Nottinghamshire, and we will be working with our local councils to make sure that happens.
"Our advice for anyone planning to watch the relay and cheer on the torch bearers is to get to your chosen vantage point in good time and consider how you intend to travel there. Parking will inevitably be limited in those areas where the torch bearers will be running, and there will be delays on some roads to allow the torch convoy to pass through. Please note the road closure times in your area, so that you can plan your journey or any other activities with the least possible disruption."
Planned Road Closures
To allow the Torch to pass safely through the streets, the following parking restrictions and road closures will be in place across the District:
No waiting restrictions start
Peafield Lane (from Dennor Drive to Leeming Lane North/South junction)
Leeming Lane North/South (from Peafield Lane to Warsop Road)
Leeming Lane South (from Warsop Road to Old Mill Lane)
Leeming Lane South (Old Mill Lane to Birding Street)
Chesterfield Road South - Southbound and Northbound (from Rosemary Street to St John's Street)
Westgate, Regent Street, Leeming Street, Stockwell Gate, Market Street, Church Street and the Market Place
St Peter's Way (at the junction of Bridge Street and Radcliffe Gate)
Radcliffe Gate to Rockhill
Southwell Road West (from Rockhill to Berry Hill Lane)
*These times are subject to change.
Please note:82 side roads across the District will be affected by these road closures.
We are expecting a certain amount of disruption in and around the town in the hours leading up to the arrival of the Torch and after it has left the District.
Road diversions will be in place where possible. All parking restrictions also apply to Blue Badge holders.
Civil enforcement officers will be operating along the route. Any unattended vehicles parked along the route when the restrictions and closures are in place will be towed away.
How can you help make the 28th June a safe and memorable day?
- Traffic control arrangements have been designed to ensure that traffic flows return to normal as soon as possible, however there will inevitably be some congestion as the convoy passes
- Police and stewards will be positioned along the route to offer help and advice and keep people safe
- There will be some parking restrictions (including blue badge parking) along the route
- Civil enforcement officers will be operating along the route - any vehicle considered a risk or hazard could be towed away
Residents who live on or near the route:
- please ensure all vehicles are removed from the route in advance of the waiting restrictions
- remember that you will not be able to get in or out of your road on to the route for the period of the road closure
- avoid arranging any critical deliveries or appointments at this time
- Bin collections may be affected and district councils will be notifying any households whose collection is changed
Businesses/Schools/place of worship that are on or near the route:
- please note parking and loading restrictions along the route (please see table above)
- make alternative arrangements for visitors, deliveries or collections that day
- notify people who are likely to be on your premises of possible delays that day in advance where possible
- consider the impact of weddings/funerals/medical appointments/the school run, etc
- Trade waste collections may also be affected
Drivers are advised to:
- Avoid travelling on the route itself around the time of the road closures
- Plan ahead for possible delays as there could also be extra volume of traffic on surrounding roads
- Consider making short journeys on foot or by bike
Public transport users:
- Expect delays to buses/taxis on/near the route around the road closure times
- Allow extra time if you need to catch a train/bus
Why will roads be closed for so long?
- The Torch will be escorted by the sponsors of the event and the police with a supporting convoy for the torch bearers and emergency services. In order for the Torch to pass safely and securely along the route, the roads need to be clear of parked cars and moving vehicles, which means that traffic needs to be stopped at strategic points ahead of the convoy and at all side road junctions for a period of about 30 to 45 minutes.
For information and updates on the Olympic Torch Relay Route through the Mansfield District, please visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/torch