Businesses in Scunthorpe, Brigg and Wrawby urged to be prepared for Olympic torch day
Businesses are being reminded to prepare themselves for the arrival of the iconic Olympic torch in North Lincolnshire next week.
The Olympic torch will travel through Scunthorpe, Brigg and Wrawby on the afternoon of Tuesday June 26.
This historic event will be a great boost for the area, but may affect businesses.
There are two ways that the torch travels through the area - in Torchbearer mode, where someone is running through the streets carrying the flame, and in convoy mode where the flame is transferred to the safety lantern and placed in the security vehicle.
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There will be little or no disruption to areas the torch passes through in convoy mode, but there will be a rolling road closure when it's in Torchbearer mode.
Traffic will be moving slowly and there is likely to be a build-up in Scunthorpe and Brigg town centres and the road through Wrawby as they become very busy with crowds watching the torch.
On-street parking bays will be suspended in some areas.
Roads will only be closed in the direction the torch travels, however there may still be delays in the opposite direction.
North Lincolnshire Council says that to help keep disruption to businesses at a minimum, people can:
Avoid booking deliveries for the afternoon of Tuesday, June 26.
Inform customers about suspended parking and traffic delays (the council can provide posters for this purpose).
The torch will arrive at the bottom of Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, at 2.20pm and travel along Oswald Road to the Queensway at approximately 3pm.
It will arrive in Brigg at 3.45pm and in Wrawby at 4pm.
A convoy of Olympic Torch Relay partner vehicles will arrive about 20 minutes ahead of the torch to entertain spectators along the route.
Please note that these times are approximate as factors such as adverse weather, heavy traffic and the speed of the Torchbearers may alter the speed of the convoy.
For the latest information including a detailed map of the route, visit the Olympic Torch Relay pages on the North Lincolnshire Council website or follow on Twitter @NLTorch
There are also some commercial restrictions in place on the day. These might affect what you can sell and any outdoor displays.
For more information visit the Olympic Torch Relay pages on the North Lincolnshire Council website, www.northlincs.gov.uk/olympics
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "The visit by the Olympic Torch is a momentous occasion for North Lincolnshire and will give us our moment to shine, but it's important that we keep disruption to a minimum for the communities and businesses along the route.
"We've posted cards to all businesses likely to be affected to inform them that while it's likely to be a very busy day, we aim to keep disruption to a minimum.
"If you haven't done so already, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/olympics or follow us on Twitter @NLTorch to see full details of the Torch route, timings and other useful information.
"Nevertheless, this is a once in a lifetime chance to see the torch in North Lincolnshire, so I hope you and your staff will enjoy the occasion also."
"The Olympic Torch Relay will be the largest ever joint policing operation for Yorkshire and the Humber and the aim is for everyone to enjoy the celebration safely without security measures adversely affecting their experience."
Humberside's Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver said: "We do hope that people come along to see the Torch. For most of us it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We will do all we can to ensure that everybody is able to enjoy the experience peacefully and safely."