Warming up to welcome Olympic torch

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It’s the clearest indication yet that the Olympic Torch is on its way to Nottinghamshire - as advisory letters land on doormats and road signs are readied for display.

As part of the celebrations in the run up to London 2012, the Olympic Torch visits the area next Thursday, 28th June, and communities are again being reminded to plan their trips and allow plenty of time to enjoy the historic occasion.

Nottinghamshire County Council Highways chiefs have this week started to deliver more than 8,000 advisory letters to residents and businesses along the route about what they can expect on the day and about traffic management issues.

And around 1,000 yellow advisory road signs are beginning to be situated around key roads in the county, detailing advance warning of this once in a lifetime event to motorists and other road users.

Around 126 ‘Expect Delays, June 28’ road signs with timings, will appear on A-roads and other main roads, and 292 ‘Road Closed, June 28’ signs with timings, will appear on roads on the torch route. More than 600 signs prohibiting waiting and loading have also been produced.

Nottinghamshire County Council is working with partner agencies such as Nottinghamshire Police, relevant district councils, and the city council and LOCOG – (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) on the plans.

Coun Richard Jackson, Committee Chairman for Transport and Highways at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We hope to keep disruption to traders and households to a minimum and apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

“However, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch in Nottinghamshire.

“To allow safe passage of the Olympic Torch and in order that as many people as possible can safely view the relay, there will be road closures along the route where the torch is carried by torchbearers.

“We have decided to put up advisory road signs in good time before the event later this month, and write to thousands of businesses and residents who could be directly affected to keep them as fully informed as possible, and offer advice and guidance.”

The letters sent to people inform them that access to their property and/or parking in their area will be affected for a short time on 28 June and to provide information to enable them to make alternative arrangements.

Highways managers are today beginning to distribute the yellow road signs to all affected roads from the county council’s highways depot in Bilsthorpe. These will notify people of road closure times and any parking restrictions. Everyone is advised to check the signs to become fully aware of how the restrictions affect them.

The county council and police have led on the plans, but working with the following councils in the areas where the Torch will visit: Bassetlaw District Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

On the day, a further 300 red and white Road Closure signs, and more than 2,000 cones will be put in place along the route – with 500 volunteers helping to support the event.