The Olympic torch will arrive in Ipswich at approximately 6:20pm on Thursday 5th July and be carried through the town by torchbearers. If you are travelling home from work on the affected routes at these times, we advise you to seek an alternative route or change your travel time accordingly. It is hoped the arrival of the torch by boat on the Ipswich Waterfront will minimise disruption on routes into the town. The torch will travel along Ipswich Waterfront and up into the town centre via St Peters Street, St Nicholas Street and Princes Street. After travelling through the town centre the torch will arrive at Christchurch Park, through the Soane Street entrance via Northgate Street and crossing Crown Street. The flame is expected on-stage in the park at 6:50pm. Of course there may be delays, as has already been seen in earlier locations. If the torch is delayed it will be publicised immediately on the Ipswich Borough Council Twitter account @IpswichGov and on BBC Radio Suffolk.
The following roads will be closed from midnight on July 4 th 2012 until midnight on July 5th 2012:
Albion Wharf – Complete length
Wherry Quay – Complete length
Common Quay – Complete length
Wherry Lane – Complete length
Neptune Quay – Complete Length
Orwell Quay – Complete Length
Foundary Lane – Between College Street and Albion Wharf
St Peters Wharf – Between Foundary Lane and Bridge Street
Key Street – Between Key Street and Common Quay
St Nicholas Street – Between Cutler Street and Friars Street
Cromwell Square – Complete Length
The following roads will be subject to rolling road closures on July 5th and 6th as the torch convoy passes through Ipswich town centre:
Star Lane – Bridge Street to St Peters Street
Upper Brook Street – Butter Market to Northgate Street.
Handford Road – Civic Drive to Portman Road
West End Road – Commercial Road to London Road
Tavern Street – Cornhill to Upper Brook Street
Princes Street – Friars Street to Queen Street
London Road – From West End Road to A1214 Copdock Interchange
Commercial Road – Grafton Way to West End Road
Portman Road – Handford Road to Princes Street
St Margaret’s Plain – Northgate St to Soane Street
Princes Street – Portman Road to Grafton Way
Queen Street – Princes Street to Butter Market
Grafton Way – Princes Street to Commercial Road
St Peters Street – Between Star Lane and Cutler Street
Butter Market – Queen Street to Upper Brook Street
Soane Street – St Margaret’s Plain to Bolton Lane
Civic Drive – St Matthews Street to Handford Road
Friars Street – St Nicholas Street to Princes Street
Bridge Street – Stoke Bridge to Star Lane
Westgate Street – Cornhill to St Matthews Street
Northgate Street – Upper Brook Street to St Margaret’s Plain
St Matthews Street – Westgate Street to Civic Drive
Princes Street – Cornhill to Queen Street
There will be no parking of vehicles along the torch route after midnight from the 4 th of July. Any unattended vehicles parked along the route may be towed away.
Ipswich Borough Council will be providing facilities to lock your bikes in Christchurch Park whilst you enjoy the town and park activities. We highly recommend cycling to the event to avoid any traffic and facilitate easy parking. The cycle park will be located close to the Soane Street entrance of the park close to the Speigeltent.
Whilst kept to a minimum there will inevitably be some disruption to road traffic and we encourage people to walk or cycle to events wherever possible. Please plan your route well in advance and check any possible disruption to bus or rail services with the relevant provider.
Please refer to individual car park operators to openings and tariffs
Ipswich buses: www.ipswichbuses.co.uk
First bus: www.firstgroup.com/
Please note: The Crown Street Car Park will be closed between Saturday 26 th May and Sunday 15th July 2012 to host the Crash of Elysium event. It will therefore be unavailable for use during Torch Relay events.
Cobden Place Car Park is also closed for works during this period.
Park and rides will be open until 8pm on the evening of July 5th and we encourage visitors to make full use of these facilities.