Advice for Boston and Wrangle Olympic Torch relay

COUNCIL bosses have issued advice to people wanting to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay when it comes to Boston and Wrangle.

The torch is due to pass through the borough on June 27, exactly one month ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

The flame began its epic 8,000-mile relay across the country from Land’s End on Saturday.

Borough council officers have issued the following advice for people wondering about how to get involved with the celebrations on June 27:

Can I stay open if the torch goes past my business?

Boston Borough Council encourages businesses to stay open during the Olympic Torch Relay and get involved in the celebrations. Please see below for further guidance.

Will my staff be able to leave my premises?

Road closures will be in place before, during and slightly after the torch passes through.

Road closures will be temporary and will last no longer than one hour.

We would encourage staff to stay and celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay.

Am I going to have barriers next to my business?

Crowd control barriers or no-waiting cones will be used at various points along the routes, but the council and the police will endeavour not to restrict reasonable access to your business premises.

What time will the roads around my business reopen?

We endeavour to reopen the roads around your business as soon as possible. We hope the majority will reopen within one hour of them closing.

Our staff want to get involved in some way – what can we do?

We would support your staff to line the Torch Relay Route.

I want to dress my business for the Olympic Torch Relay – what type of decorations can I use?

We appreciate your business welcoming the Torch with decorations. Please ensure any dressing does not include Olympic insignia for brand protection purposes.

For further advice please refer to the official London 2012 website for further guidance, www.london2012.com.

What sort of street decorations will already be put up around my business?

Depending on the area, Boston Borough Council will install bunting and flags to ensure the area is ready to welcome the Torch.

Will my deliveries be affected by the Olympic Torch Relay?

Depending on the location of your business, deliveries may be affected. We would recommend scheduling deliveries on Wednesday 27th June two hours before and after the torch relay.

Where are the best places to see the torch relay on Wednesday 27th June?

The best places to view the Wrangle Olympic Torch Relay on Wednesday 27th June are on the A52 through Wrangle village.

The best places to view the Boston Olympic Torch Relay on Wednesday 27th June are Spilsby Road, Wide Bargate, Market Place and Sleaford Road.

We recommend getting to your vantage point one hour before the relay starts, regardless of where you are on the route.

Which roads are closed and when?

Roads on the route will be closed and on-street parking will not be available on the morning of the event (see full details below).

We endeavour to reopen the roads as soon as possible. We hope the majority will reopen within one hour of them closing.

What time should I get to my spot to see the Torch?

We recommend getting to your vantage point at least one hour before the relay starts, regardless of where you are on the route. Official London 2012 merchandise can be purchased from the London 2012 website, www.London2012.com.

How long will I get to see the torch go past?

The Olympic Torch will be carried for around 300 metres by each of the Torchbearers, who will jog or walk at a pace to allow the crowds to see it. The Torch convoy will take approximately ten minutes to pass by one spot.

The first runner will begin carrying the torch along the A52 in Wrangle starting at 2.05pm at the junction with Sea Lane and passing Chapel Lane (2.08pm), Broadgate and Tooley Lane (2.12pm), Mel Marshall Way (2.15pm), Church End (2.19pm) and finishing at the junction with Gowt Bank at 2.20pm. Times are approximate.

Next stop for the convoy is Boston where the runner will set off with the flame along the A16 Spilsby Road from Boston High School at around 2.36pm on Wednesday, June 27, passing Mayfair Gardens (2.38pm), Freiston Road (2.42pm), onto Wide Bargate (2.46pm), past Tawney Street (2.47pm), past Petticoat Lane (2.50pm), into Market Place (2.51pm), over Town Bridge (2.52pm), into High Street (2.53pm), into Bridge Street (2.53pm), into West Street (2.53pm), into A52 Sleaford Road (2.57pm), over the railway lines (2.57pm), past Portland Street (2.57pm), past Frampton Place (2.58pm), past Woodville Road (2.59pm), past Old Mill Court (3.03pm), past South Parade (3.06pm), past Arundel Crescent (3.08pm), finishing on the A1121 Boardsides (3.10pm).

As well as the torch bearers there will be an associated convoy of slow-moving vehicles leaving Wainfleet All Saints on the A52 at 1.53pm to enter Wrangle on the A52 at 2.04pm, leaving Wrangle on the A52 at 2.22pm to enter Boston on the A16 at 2.34pm and leaving Boston on the A1121 Boardsides at 3.15pm, then the A17 bound for Sleaford at 3.24pm.

There may be as many as 14 vehicles in the convoy (including cars, trucks and buses) plus up to eight police motorcycles.

The convoy will arrive at the route a few minutes before the torchbearers set off and roads on the route will be closed to all traffic for around an hour beforehand. Roads will be reopened soon after the convoy and torchbearers have left the area.