Olympic Torch Relay route through Grays announced

Thurrock Gazette: Cllr John Kent looks ahead to the Olympic torch procession Cllr John Kent looks ahead to the Olympic torch procession

ANOTHER thread in the rich tapestry of Thurrock’s History will be woven on Friday, July 6.

At 4.59pm the Olympic Torch Relay will arrive at Lodge Lane in Grays, and make its way through the town in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It will travel to Piggs Corner, turning onto Southend Road, before heading towards the town centre at Palmer’s Avenue, along Orsett Road and London Road, finishing in Hogg Lane.

The torch route was announced by the London organising committee this morning.

Thurrock Council leader John Kent was thrilled the details of the route have been revealed.

He said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, something we should all, young and old, be ready to store in our memories, a chance for the borough to shine.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to start releasing details and now we have reached this stage it makes the celebrations seem even more real and now we want top engage with the whole community to plan for the day.”

Thurrock Council has urged residents to plan in advance for the momentous event, which will effect access to certain areas, and will include road closures.

The council has written to residents and businesses in the Grays area, inviting them to one of four question and answer sessions at the Thameside Theatre, in Orsett Road.

The sessions are on Tuesday April 3, at 6pm, Wednesday April 4, at 7pm, Tuesday April 10, at 6pm, and Wednesday April 11, at 2pm.

Cllr Lynn Worrall, the authority’s cabinet member for culture, said: “This is an amazing year for our nation and we are tremendously honoured and proud to be part of the Olympic celebrations.

“We want people to come to town, to line the route, to cheer the Flame’s passing, so as many Thurrock people can join the fun as possible in an afternoon of celebration for the whole borough.”

Road closures along the route will start at 2pm and the streets will re-open to traffic as soon as possible after the relay has passed.

Cllr Val Morris-Cook, the cabinet member responsible for car parking, announced parking will be free in all council owned car parks on the day.

She said: “We know this will cause some disruption, but we are working hard to minimise the effects.

“Car parking in Grays will be free on the day. All council-controlled car parks will not be charging.”

Any questions about the relay can be emailed to torchrelay@thurrock.gov.uk.

For more information, go online to http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/celebrate/.

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10:36am Mon 19 Mar 12

OckendonPaul says...

Can't help thinking that the tone of this article is slightly over-hysterical. There must be hundreds of anonymous towns all over the country trying to convince their populations that something momentous is about to happen when, I'm afraid, it really isn't.
One other thing. Is this the flames' only appearance in Thurrock? Will it just puff in and out of existence at either end of the route, or will the excited throngs be able to catch a glimpse as it whizzes along the A13 from wherever it's last been to wherever it's going next?
Can't help thinking that the tone of this article is slightly over-hysterical. There must be hundreds of anonymous towns all over the country trying to convince their populations that something momentous is about to happen when, I'm afraid, it really isn't. One other thing. Is this the flames' only appearance in Thurrock? Will it just puff in and out of existence at either end of the route, or will the excited throngs be able to catch a glimpse as it whizzes along the A13 from wherever it's last been to wherever it's going next? OckendonPaul

3:09pm Mon 19 Mar 12

luckygirl says...

There will also be delays on buses as all traffic is going to be diverted - what a waste of time this is.
There will also be delays on buses as all traffic is going to be diverted - what a waste of time this is. luckygirl

4:07pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Cvh says...

Farcical waste of time and money
Farcical waste of time and money Cvh

4:17pm Mon 19 Mar 12

woe isme says...

Oh grow up people.
What is it about this site that all everyone wants to do is moan, moan, moan.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of this borough to be involved in a worldwide event.
It is one day. What does it matter if the bus is delayed a bit or you have to drive a different route. If you don't want to be involved then don't but please let others enjoy it for what it is.
Oh grow up people. What is it about this site that all everyone wants to do is moan, moan, moan. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of this borough to be involved in a worldwide event. It is one day. What does it matter if the bus is delayed a bit or you have to drive a different route. If you don't want to be involved then don't but please let others enjoy it for what it is. woe isme

4:50pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Thecountrysgonetopot! says...

I work in Basildon, right next to the road that will be used for this...i am looking forward to watching this event as i am sure it will never happen again, yes i am going to get held up in traffic when i finish but who cares as woe says it is just one day.
I work in Basildon, right next to the road that will be used for this...i am looking forward to watching this event as i am sure it will never happen again, yes i am going to get held up in traffic when i finish but who cares as woe says it is just one day. Thecountrysgonetopot!

11:09pm Mon 19 Mar 12

A Dermot says...

The flaming torch relay was introduced by the Nazis at the Berlin Olympics. Should we be celebrating a Nazi event?
The flaming torch relay was introduced by the Nazis at the Berlin Olympics. Should we be celebrating a Nazi event? A Dermot

11:26pm Mon 19 Mar 12

d_2da_ougle says...

a interesting fact mr dermot that turns out to be true, although the flame supposedly is of greek orgin as you say the relay was brought in by the 1936 sports administrator of the german olympics
a interesting fact mr dermot that turns out to be true, although the flame supposedly is of greek orgin as you say the relay was brought in by the 1936 sports administrator of the german olympics d_2da_ougle

1:57pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Dave_ says...

Ockendon Paul is right, this is not unique and while it has a novelty value, in the grand scheme of things it is pretty insignificant.
Ockendon Paul is right, this is not unique and while it has a novelty value, in the grand scheme of things it is pretty insignificant. Dave_

11:03pm Wed 21 Mar 12

Kezza25 says...

I'm not looking forward to it...I can only imagine the chavvy 'yoofs' around here will ruin the parade for all.
I'm not looking forward to it...I can only imagine the chavvy 'yoofs' around here will ruin the parade for all. Kezza25

8:13pm Thu 22 Mar 12

GucciGirl says...

Will there be cakes?
Will there be cakes? GucciGirl

1:20pm Fri 23 Mar 12

singingmum says...

I am a former Thurrock resident now living in Canada. My city of residence has hosted an Olympic Games, and I have to say that until the event actually happens, you will have no idea how you will feel about it. The sense of pride and excitement is incredible and infectious. My children were also able to witness the torch relay when it passed through our city again for the 2010 winter olympics, and they were really thrilled to be a part of that history. It is a bit disappointing to read some of the negative reactions from people in my former home.
I am a former Thurrock resident now living in Canada. My city of residence has hosted an Olympic Games, and I have to say that until the event actually happens, you will have no idea how you will feel about it. The sense of pride and excitement is incredible and infectious. My children were also able to witness the torch relay when it passed through our city again for the 2010 winter olympics, and they were really thrilled to be a part of that history. It is a bit disappointing to read some of the negative reactions from people in my former home. singingmum

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