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Thousands celebrate the Olympic torch relay in Surrey

The Olympic torch relay comes to Egham

Around 14,000 people thronged the streets of Egham to watch the Olympic torch relaypass through the town.

Crowds saw a slice of Olympic history unfold on Tuesday afternoon as torchbearers, including former England midfielder Ray Wilkins, carried the flame along the A30 and through High Street, Station Road and Manorcrofts Road, before being driven in convoy out of Surrey.

The torch relay will return to the county on Tuesday 17 July when it will pass through Felbridge. There will be rolling road closures enforced by motorcycle police while the procession goes through the town. Pedestrians will be able to watch the relay alongside the route.

The torch will return to Surrey again later in the month on Friday 20 July, the date of an evening celebration at Stoke Park in Guildford, and then on Friday 27 July when it will be in the Hampton Court area.

Along with the torch relay, the county will host men’s and women’s Olympic road cycling races on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, as well as the cycling time trial on Wednesday 1 August. Detailed maps of the all the routes are available online at gosurrey.info.

Preparations have been going on for more than two years to ensure the Games in Surrey are a success. Inevitably events on an Olympic scale will cause disruption, which is why residents and businesses are being asked to plan ahead and be prepared.

Extensive road closures and parking restrictions will be in place around the cycle routes from the early hours of the morning on event days. The aim is to reopen roads three hours after the last race vehicle passes.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to watch the Olympic events in Surrey, getting around will be difficult, which is why people are advised to stay close to their local areas and walk. Even after the events finish, the county’s roads and public transport will be very busy for some time as people make their way home.

Newsletters have been sent to residents and businesses within 100 metres of the cycle race and time trial routes to provide people with the information they need to prepare. All that information, plus everything else people in Surrey need to know to prepare for the Games, is available at gosurrey.info.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “The message is simple – be prepared and plan ahead to enjoy the Olympic Games in Surrey and to minimise the inevitable disruption that staging events of this size will bring.

“Journeys will take longer than usual, roads will be closed and public transport will be busier than usual. We’ve provided all the information people need to plan their journeys and we would urge them to use it.

“The Games have already brought huge economic, cultural and sporting benefits to Surrey and are a once on a lifetime opportunity to watch Olympic history unfold literally on our doorsteps. With some planning and foresight we can all enjoy it.”

For more information on the Olympic Games in Surrey visit www.gosurrey.info.

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