Community and living, Culture

Lambeth torch relay route confirmed!

The Olympic Flame will visit Lambeth on the penultimate day of the torch relay it has been confirmed.

The Flame will visit the borough on Thursday 26th July, day 69 of the Olympic Torch Relay, when it will set off from Camden and enter Lambeth at approximately 12pm at the Southwark borough boundary of Denmark Hill/Coldharbour Lane.  The relay will then continue along Coldharbour Lane, where it will pass Windrush Square where market stalls and a children’s entertainment area with athletics activities will take place.  The Flame will eventually exit Lambeth into Wandsworth via Clapham High Street Long Road passing by Clapham Common.

It’s an opportunity for local businesses, schools and community groups to be part of London 2012.

You can see the exact route the Flame will take through Lambeth by visiting www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/

Cllr Sally Prentice, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, said:

“This will be a fantastic chance for residents in Lambeth to be part of history by witnessing the torch relay as it passes through our borough.

“We’ll be making extra sure that the streets are clean and tidy and looking their best for the occasion and we hope as many residents as possible are able to see the Flame as it passes through Lambeth.

“It’s going to be a truly momentous day, in what will be a fantastic summer for London.”

16 inspirational torchbearers will have the honour of carrying the Flame through Lambeth. You can find out about them by visiting


After leaving Lambeth the Flame will visit Buckingham Palace before eventually arriving in Hyde Park, where there will be a ticketed Olympic Torch Relay Finale Concert.

Travel advice from Transport for London:

Given the huge and enthusiastic crowds that have followed the Olympic Torch Relay on its journey around the UK, as well as those seen in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Transport for London (TfL) have advised that the week when the Olympic Torch Relay is in London is expected to be exceptionally busy. Large crowds are expected to line the route to celebrate its arrival in the capital and, alongside a number of road closures as the Olympic Flame visits all 33 London Boroughs from 21 to 27 July, this will clearly have an impact on traffic and transport networks in local areas.

As a result, at certain times and in certain places, London’s roads and public transport networks are expected to be much busier than usual.  London 2012 and TfL advised Londoners that, if possible, it would be best to try and view the Flame when it passes through the area most local to your home or place of work.  Check out the Olympic Torch Relay route at http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay.

On 26 July in particular, roads in central London will be exceptionally busy and there will be a large number of road closures necessary along the route.  TfL has already issued advice to motorists that, from mid-July, they should avoid driving in central London, around the Olympic Route Network and Games venues.

If you are travelling in London, check out the route of the Olympic Torch Relay and plan ahead.  If you are planning to travel in or to an area which the Flame is passing through, leave plenty of time for your journey and take public transport where possible.  Plan your travel using http://www.GetAheadoftheGames.com which has all the tools and information you need to plan your journey and ensure you can celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay as it travels throughout London.




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