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Drivers, including rush hour commuters, using the motorway network in Merseyside today are being reminded that the Olympic Torch Relay is heading for Liverpool city centre and suburbs this afternoon with relay legs en route to an evening celebration at the Pier Head.
Motorcyclists heading to the Isle of Man for the annual TT race festival are being reminded by RideSafe BackSafe - the North West motorcycling safety group supported by the Highways Agency - to be aware that the Torch is on Merseyside and to leave extra time to get to the port of Liverpool for ferries.
The Highways Agency is not expecting significant issues along the motorway network but the Torch Relay may have an impact on people leaving the M57 and M62 - with the A57 East Prescott Road and A5047 Edge Lane local roads especially affected with:
- a Torch Relay leg at Huyton starting along the A57 local road immediately west of Junction 2 of the M57 at 3.38pm this afternoon and then heading into Liverpool city centre in relay mode in various unbroken stages visiting Knotty Ash and Old Swan along the A57;
- The Liverpool leg of the Torch Relay itself starting on the A57 at 4.36pm and then heading onto and along Edge Lane - close to the end/start of the M62 - into the city centre.
- 20,000 people attending the ticketed evening celebration (5.30pm to 8pm) at the Pier Head this evening.
Drivers using the M62 in particular, including commuters, should be aware of the relay travelling along Edge Lane - a key route into the city centre from Junction 5 of the M62 and A5080. The evening celebration is also likely to generate some extra traffic towards the city centre.
Drivers should plan journeys and check traffic conditions over the Olympics period.
The Highways Agency (for motorways and key A roads in England) provides plenty of live traffic information and journey planning advice via www.highways.gov.ukor calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000. A Twitter service is also available at @HAtraffic_nwest. Drivers can also check traffic flows at www.maps.google.co.uk
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