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Countdown to the Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Flame is soon to arrive in Herefordshire on its journey to the 2012 Olympic Games and local residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on our local Torchbearers as they carry the Torch through the county on Thursday 24 May and Friday 25 May 2012.

Thousands are expected to line the streets with flags and banners to see the Flame including many schools and community groups. 

Herefordshire Council is advising residents that they will need to be prepared for some possible traffic delays as the convoy passes through the county and people are encouraged to check their travel routes for those days and plan their journeys accordingly.

Clive Hall, head of highways and community services, said: “We will be out working along with the local police in the county to ensure that any roads needing to be closed as the Torch passes through are reopened as soon as possible afterwards.

“People that must travel, particularly on the 24 May along the A417 to Ledbury and then the A438 into Hereford, through Hereford City centre and along the A49 to Leominster, are advised to leave early and plan alternative routes if they must be somewhere on time. There may also be delays around Ross on Wye as the Torch visits here on the 25 May.

“Train and bus schedules will not be affected, however if you are planning a journey, leave yourself plenty of time to get there.

“The Torch Convoy will be moving at slower than normal speeds, so expect delays, however we hope visitors and residents will be in the spirit of the occasion and join in the Olympic excitement”.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay. This gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for the Olympic Flame’s passage through Herefordshire. Residents living in and around the county can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop from this website.