Ipswich: A guide to the Olympic torch relay - road closures

SOME roads in Ipswich will be closed for 24 hours as the Olympic torch comes to Suffolk.

SOME roads in Ipswich will be closed for 24 hours as the Olympic torch comes to Suffolk.

As the town prepares for the arrival of the flame, some roads will be closed from midnight July 4 to midnight July 5, while many more will be subject to rolling closures as the relay passes through.

A complete list of roads affected can be found below.

The Olympic torch is expected to arrive in Ipswich at approximately 6.20pm and the flame is due on-stage in the park at 6.50pm. If the torch is delayed it will be publicised immediately on this website and on our Twitter account @Ipswichstar24.


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Organisers have asked spectators to be sensible about the location they choose to view the flame, especially if you are bringing young children with you.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said: “Narrow streets such as Northgate Street are unsuitable for large crowds. “Please take extra caution along the waterfront when standing on the dock side of the road. We advise you select your viewing position up to one hour before the forecasted arrival of the torch.”

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He added: “On the day there will be updates from the borough about the clearest viewing areas via Twitter and local radio.

“The Presenting Partners will be handing out their premium giveaways on the left hand side of the road in most areas. “Please try and situate yourself sensibly and don’t try and cross the road when the convoy is passing your location.

“Please note that it is not advised that people should move try to access Christchurch Park after the torch has passed their location as the torch arrival is the final moment of the Evening Celebration and all entertainment will have finished by the time you arrive.”

Entry to the Evening Celebration Site in the north of Christchurch Park is strictly by wristband entry only. There are no wristbands available on the day.

Ipswich market will be closed all day on Thursday, July 5 and may open slightly later then usual on Friday, 6 July to allow the relay to pass through the town centre.

The torch will leave Christchurch Park and parade through Ipswich town centre on Friday morning from approximately 6.35am.

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed from midnight on July 4 until midnight on July 5:

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

Coprolite Street – Between Neptune Quay and Duke Street

St Nicolas Street – Between Cutler Street and Friars Street

Cromwell Square – Complete length

The following roads will be subject to rolling road closures on July 5 and 6 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 St

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 St to Civic Drive

Princes Street – Cornhill to Queen Street

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