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As discussed I would be grateful if you could let members know that the only road closures planned over the Olympic period will be on the day the torch relay comes through the borough, Wednesday 25 July. 

Along the majority of the torch route a rolling road closure (slowing traffic in one direction only) will be used to manage traffic. However full road closures are planned at the following locations and times:


·         Wood Green High Road between Lordship Lane and Turnpike Lane , from approx 17:30 to 18.30

·         Alexandra Palace Way between Muswell Hill and Beford Road, from 00:01 to 22:00

·         Lordship Lane between Bruce Grove and High Road N17 from approx 16:00 – 18:.30pm (this is not on the torch route but is to enable safe crowd movement).


I attach a note that provides some further details about the torch relay. Members should contact me with any further queries.


Many thanks for your help on this.


Regards, Kate



Kate Dalzell

Head of Director's Office - Place and Sustainability


London Borough of Haringey

River Park House, 225 High Road, N22 8HQ

T. 020 8489 4502



The Olympic Torch Relay, 25 July 2012

Where is the Olympic Flame going?
The Olympic Flame arrived at Lands End on 18 May 2012. It is carried by approximately 115 Torchbearers each day, and will have completed an 8,000 mile journey around the UK when it arrives at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July 2012.

On Wednesday 25 July 2012 the Olympic Flame will come to Haringey, travelling through the borough before arriving as the climax to an official celebratory event at Alexandra Palace.  The torch will arrive in Haringey at 5.20pm, journeying from Enfield down Fore Street and into Tottenham. The torch will travel along the High Road to Bruce Grove, turn into Lordship Lane and along to Wood Green High Road, proceed south to Turnpike Lane, before turning onto Hornsey High Street, to Priory Road, and finally up the hill at Alexandra Palace Way to arrive at Alexandra Palace at approximately 6.45pm (see the map below).

Approximate times at which the Torchbearer will reach key points on the route:

  • 17:21 Fore Street A1010
  • 17:23 High Road A1010
  • 17:36 Bruce Grove A10
  • 17:43 Lordship Lane A109
  • 18:06 High Road A105
  • 18:15 Turnpike Lane A504
  • 18:19 High Street A504
  • 18:27 Priory Road A504
  • 18:35 Alexandra Palace Way
  • 18:46 Alexandra Palace Celebration Stage

The logistics of the journey through Haringey
The torch convoy consists of 14 vehicles, and will take approximately 15 minutes to pass a single point. As well as security and support vehicles the convoy includes a media vehicle with national and international television camera crews as well as sponsor vehicles distributing keepsakes, playing music, telling the stories of the individual Torch Bearers and engaging with the crowds.

Traffic management on the route will be undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service who will oversee a rolling closure of the road in one direction, controlling traffic at major junctions and preventing normal traffic becoming part of the convoy. The police will be supported by traffic marshals and pedestrian stewards, and by additional staff from other services (for example cleaning team, and vehicle relocation crews in case of obstructions).

The only significant full road closures on 25 July will be:

  • Wood Green High Road between Lordship Lane and Turnpike Lane , from approx 17:30 to 18.30
  • Alexandra Palace Way between Muswell Hill and Beford Road, from 00:01 to 22:00
  • Lordship Lane between Bruce Grove and High Road N17 from 16:00 – 18:.30pm (this is not on the torch route but is to enable safe crowd movement).

There will also be some additional parking restrictions and bus stop suspensions.  Advance warning signs about traffic disruption on the route were in place approximately one month in advance of the relay and the Council is doing letter drops in specific areas to notify residents and businesses about the impact of the event.  London Transport is publicising information about affected bus routes.

To ensure that the Torch Relay is accessible to all residents, specific viewing areas disabled people and specifically for wheelchair users. Due to limited capacity these spaces are managed by a ticketing process. To apply for a place please ring Tanya on 020 8885 5199 or email tanya.kenny-parker@haringey.gov.uk.

Who are the torchbearers?
The London 2012 Organising Committee nominations process for Torchbearers ran from May to June 2011, and regional selection panels of local people were held in the autumn. Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung also held their own nomination campaigns. Tens of thousands of nominations were made, and after a careful selection process 8,000 inspiring Torchbearers were identified. You can find out who the Torchbearers are, where they will carry the Flame, and read some of their inspirational stories on LOCOG’s website http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/torchbearers/

What is the Evening Celebration?
Haringey Council is working with games organisers, LOCOG, to host an early evening celebration ahead of the Olympic Flame arriving. This will take place in the ice rink car park in the grounds of Alexandra Palace from 5pm.  Access to the event is by ticket only. Approximately 4,000 tickets were made available to the public on a first come first served basis on 26 May, and all of the tickets were snapped up within hours. The entertainment will be provided by Haringey Young Musicians, and the London 2012 presenting partners – Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – including singer Loick Essien, acrobatics and dance performances. The event will culminate in the arrival of the Olympic Flame just before 7pm.

How can you get involved?
Tickets are not required to line the route from Tottenham all the way to Alexandra Palace and residents, traders and visitors are invited to join in and share the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.  Community activity along the route will include the fantastic free Bruce Castle Festival offering activities for all the family from 1pm including sport competitions, circus theatre and music.
Those who wish to celebrate the Games can also sign up to be a Local Leader at www.london2012.com/get-involved/local-leaders and receive inspiration and tools from LOCOG about how to make it one to remember. Please do also let the Council know if you are planning a celebration along the route so that we can make sure that we take that into consideration in our work towards a safe and well-managed relay – contact Kate Dalzell at kate.dalzell@haringey.gov.uk, 020 8489 4502.

For the most up to date information (including recent information about our final torchbearer for the day – Daly Thompson) please keep an eye on our Olympics webpage at http://www.haringey.gov.uk/olympics

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According to signs put up at the entrances to Alexandra Park the road will only be closed from 01:00 to 22:00 (see attached file)



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