The route that the Olympic Torch will take through the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has been confirmed by LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games).
The Torch will start its journey at 8.22am on Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at the Hook Centre, Chessington. It will travel down the Hook Road (A243) and Upper Brighton Road before turning right into Victoria Road (Surbiton town centre). It will turn left at the roundabout outside Surbiton train station, travelling down Claremont Road, Surbiton Crescent and on to Penrhyn Road; past Kingston University, Surrey County Hall and Kingston College.
At College Roundabout the Torch will turn left onto Kingston Hall Road and then right on to High Street, moving past the Rose Theatre and Kingston Guildhall. It will then travel through the Market Place before joining the one-way system and heading out of the Kingston town centre along Richmond Road.
The Torch will be handed over to Richmond at approximately 9.45am near the junction with Tudor Drive.
A map of the route through the borough is available at www.kingston.gov.uk
Councillor Simon James, Executive Member for Sport and the Olympic Games at Kingston Council, said: “For most us witnessing the Olympic Flame pass through our area really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. While it is disappointing that the route does not take in all four neighbourhoods as we had requested, I’m sure I speak for us all when I say that we are looking forward to welcoming and cheering on all the inspirational Torchbearers as the Olympic Flame, which has travelled all the way from Greece, passes through our communities.”
The Torch will be carried through the borough by Torchbearers who were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners: Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by Adidas.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Kingston’s moment to shine.”
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A map of the entire route is available at http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/index.php
LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.
Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (http://getset.london2012.com/en/home) the official London 2012 education programme. The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school’s preparations for the Relay.
For more information on the borough’s preparations for the Olympic Games and the cultural programme of events taking place in Kingston over the summer, please visit the Go Kingston web pages at: http://www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/leisure/go_kingston.htm
The Olympic Torch arrives in the UK on Friday 18 May 2012. It will travel around the UK for its 70 day journey with at least 8,000 torch bearers running through major cities and towns.
Each torch bearer will carry the torch for 300 metres and will take in National Heritage sites, locations and venues with a sporting significance, schools and school sports days, festivals and events and green spaces.
Kingston will twice bask in the glow of the Olympic Flame. If you miss the Olympic Torch Relay through Kingston on 24 July then the torch will be on the River Thames on the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay (Day 70) on 27 July.
It will start at Hampton Court and make its way down river passed Kingston to the London 2012 stadium. Time not confirmed yet, but we think it will be early.