Route for the Olympic torch relay is revealed today

Published on 19th March 2012

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay logo

Find out details of the roads the Olympic Flame will pass through when it visits Cheltenham on 23 May this year.

On Wednesday 23 May there will be a once in a lifetime chance to welcome the Olympic Flame to Cheltenham.

Local torchbearers have been chosen to carry the flame through the town in celebration of their personal achievement or contribution to the local community.

Steve Jordan, Leader of Cheltenham  Borough Council, said: "Cheltenham is looking forward to welcoming the Olympic Flame to our town. It's a fantastic opportunity for our community to cheer on our local torchbearers and be a part of the celebrations leading up to the Olympic Games.  

"We would encourage our communities to line the streets to watch the torch relay, and to organise their own events to show their support, however many people will also be keen to attend the evening event at the racecourse. For anyone wishing to do both it may be best to make the journey to the racecourse on foot as the road closures during the afternoon will inevitably restrict travel."

Details of the route

On the day, the torch will enter Cheltenham along the Shurdington Road in a convoy of vehicles. When the convoy arrives alongside Highwood Avenue (just before Moorend Park Road junction) at approximately 5.45pm, the torch will be handed to the first of our torchbearers to carry on foot. The torch will proceed through the town on foot, carried in relay by a series of torchbearers as far as the Racecourse.

The route will take the torch from Shurdington Road into Bath Road, Montpellier Terrace, Montpellier Walk, past the Queen's Hotel to the Promenade. From the corner of the Promenade and St. George's Road, the relay will then proceed along the Promenade against the normal flow of traffic and continue along the pedestrianised area in front of Cavendish House towards Boots Corner. It will then turn right onto the High Street before taking a left to continue along Pittville Street, Portland Street, and then following Evesham Road all the way to the Racecourse.

View a map of the route through Cheltenham.

Before arriving in Cheltenham, the torch relay convoy will have passed through Cirencester, Stroud, Painswick, Brockworth and Shurdington earlier in the day. See the full route through Gloucestershire.

Traffic disruption

To make sure the relay can pass safely through the town, the police will be implementing rolling road closures along the route. Certain roads may be closed for some time before the torch is due to pass through, however access will be maintained for the emergency services and disruption will be kept to a minimum where possible.

Parking restrictions and changes to some bus routes may also be imposed in certain roads. 

A large number of people are expected in Cheltenham to see the relay and this will increase the volume of traffic on the roads.

Deliveries and collections from businesses along the route and associated roads are likely to experience disruption. We advise businesses to prepare now by changing deliveries/collections.

We are working closely with the police and Gloucestershire Highways to build a traffic management plan, and we will provide more detailed information about the implications for residents and businesses over the coming weeks.

Evening celebration at Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse has been chosen as one of 66 locations across the UK to host an Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration.

The family event on 23 May will be free to attend and will revolve around a free stage show featuring an exciting mix of music, dance and digital media. The main stage show will be presented by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) together with presenting partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. The highlight of the evening will be the arrival of the Olympic flame and the symbolic lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

There will also be entertainment throughout the evening showcasing sporting and artistic talent from across Gloucestershire. Local bands, dance groups and arts organisations will be performing in the Entertainment Arena on the Parade Ring and an interative sports village will feature a wide range of demonstrations and have-a-go activity stalls.

More details will be provided about the event over the coming months.

Community events

Local communities, sports clubs and schools have already started to plan how they will celebrate the event and make it a day to remember. If you're thinking about putting on an event, no matter how small, please let us know. This will help us to get an idea of what's happening around town on the day so we can plan to minimise disruption. Further information about planning an Olympic Torch Relay celebration event.