The Olympic Torch - Now you can see it, now you can't
Published Friday 8th June 12
People wanting to see the Olympic Torch as it makes its way through Rotherham on June 26 are being reminded of the areas they can and can't see the torch.
The torch relay has two 'modes' - convoy and torchbearer but only the latter one means the torch can be viewed. When the torch is in convoy mode it's actually carried by vehicles and isn't therefore visible.
Rotherham is in the fortunate position of having the torch in torchbearer mode (when it is actually carried by runners) for the vast majority of the route through the Borough.
When it first enters the Borough on Sheffield Road at Templeborough the torch will be in convoy mode as it enters and leaves the Magna Science and Adventure Centre.
It will first be seen by the public on the street from Sheffield Road, at its junction with Marsh Street at around 8.50am.
Visitors will be able to see the torch as its taken all the way along Westgate before the route turns on to Church Street (in between Imperial buildings and the Hamby's shop). At this point the convoy vehicles will head off down High Street but the runners will continue with the torch down Church Street (past Minster Gardens), round into All Saints Square (8.59am) then along College Street.
The torch bearers will then re-join the vehicle convoy at the junction of High Street, Doncaster Gate and Wellgate and run with the torch up Doncaster Gate to the gates of Clifton Park (9.03am).
Again the vehicles will then split off along Doncaster Road with the runners continuing with the torch through Clifton Park (along the path that goes from the main gates,then past the Cenotaph, Bandstand and the children's play area) before emerging from the park to re-join the vehicle convoy on Doncaster Road near its juntion with Middle Lane.
With the torch still visible the runners will make their way all along Doncaster Road, past the Mushroom Roundabout and through Dalton and Thrybergh until the convoy reaches the junction of Doncaster Road and Chestnut Court (9.34am). This is the last point in the Borough where the torch will be visible as from then on it will be put back on the vehicles for a journey in convoy mode and it will not re-emege until its 'over the border' and into the Doncaster area (at the junction of Old Road and Doncaster Road, Conisbrough).
The Olympic Torch relay does mean there will be some minor changes to traffic arrangements around the town centre on the morning of the 26th June. Where possible we would encourage people to use public transport or alternatively use town centre car parks on this day as on-street parking is limited and some additional parking restrictions will be in force along the route itself.
The following road closures in the town centre will apply from 7.30 - 9.30am:
All other roads will remain open although some minor delays are expected where the torch relay convoy crosses junctions and roundabouts.
The following parking bays will be suspended between 5.00 - 9.30am:
College Street - disabled parking bays
Doncaster Gate - on-street parking bays
Sheffield Road - on-street parking bays, south side between Old Sheffield Road and Westgate
Westgate - on-street parking bays, south side between Sheffield Road and Main Street
Clifton Park Museum - Car park closed
Parking restrictions will also be in place between 5am and 10am along Doncaster Road in two sections on the side of the carriageway heading out of Rotherham. The first will be between its junction with Middle Lane and St John's Road, with the second on the stretch from the mini roundabout at the Mowbray Street junction up to the junction with Herringthorpe Valley Road.
Clifton Park's car park, which is accessible from Doncaster Road, will be open but is expected to fill up very early due to the number of visitors.
The Tuesday town centre Street Market will also take place with its usual amazing range of stalls and goods on offer.
Along with the actual Torch Relay itself, Rotherham schools are getting involved by not only lining the route at various points but also by taking part in a School Sports Festival being hosted at Clifton Park from 10am to 3pm.
Around 1,000 young people are expected to take part in a variety of events to celebrate all manner of sporting activities.
If you want to follow the Torch Relay across Britain and for full details of the route please visit the LOCOG website at www.london2012.com/torch-relay