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Torch set to light up Halton
The Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through Warrington on Thursday lunchtime.
Three roads in the borough will be closed to allow the Torch convoy to pass safely through the town – Sankey Street from 10am, the stretch of Winwick Street adjacent to the Halliwell Jones Stadium at 10.15am and Jubilee Way at 10.30am. Rolling road closures will be implemented by the Police as the convoy makes its way through the town around 1pm.
These roads are then expected to reopen between 3-4pm, the closures are mainly for the benefit of the thousands of local school children who will be lining the route.
Further details can be found on Warrington Borough Council's website here
The Highway's Agency recently issued this advice to drivers as well:
Road users in the North West are being advised to plan their journeys as the Olympic Torch travels through the region.
The Highways Agency is suggesting drivers familiarise themselves with the Olympic Torch Relay timetable – available at http://www.london2012.com/ - and expect delays if they are planning to travel near relay venues, including towns and cities hosting evening celebrations.
The Highways Agency, which operates the region's strategic road network including motorways andsome key A roads, is not anticipating major delays for drivers. However, drivers may find the Olympic Torch in motorised convoy on the strategic road network at times and should also be aware that several of the relay stages may affect journeys just off motorways and major trunk roads.
Drivers are also being asked to be aware of extra traffic heading into the region's towns and cities for Olympic Torch Relay celebrations.
Highways Agency Traffic Officers will be patrolling the motorways in the North West to clear any incidents quickly, while staff at the regional control centre at Newton-le-Willows will be monitoring the network via CCTV and using other state-of-the-art technology to keep traffic moving.
Roads managed by the Highways Agency which may be affected because the torch is travelling along or near them or because the routes are near evening celebration venues include:
· M62 and M56 around Runcorn and Widnes late on Thursday morning, with the A557 Queen's Jubilee Bridge linking the towns in use for the relay
· M61 around Junction 5 at Westhoughton west of Bolton early Thursday evening
· M57 in Merseyside mid-afternoon on Friday with the Huyton relay leg starting just off Junction 2
· M62 outside Liverpool mid-afternoon on Friday with the Liverpool relay leg starting just off the end of the motorway and travelling along the A5047 Edge Lane
The Torch comes back to the North West on Wednesday 20 June with an evening celebration in Carlisle and leaves the region for West Yorkshire on Sunday 24 June following an evening party in Manchester the previous night.