03:42AM, Tuesday 03 July 2012
The Olympic torch is coming to Berkshire next week.
Crowds are expected to line the streets of Maidenhead, Windsor, Ascot and Slough on Tuesday as the flame reaches the 53rd day of its historic 8,000 mile journey through the country, to reach the Olympic Stadium on July 27.
Road closures across the area will happen as the Olympic torch comes to town next week.
Roads where the torch is due to pass will close at least half an hour before it is due, remaining so for up to half an hour after it has gone.
Spectators are advised to arrive early and use public transport where possible. But free parking will be on offer in council car parks in Maidenhead from 9am to 12 noon, at the Review Ground adjacent to Windsor Castle’s Long Walk, on Home Park and at Windsor Racecourse. All Ascot racecourse car parks will be open and free from 2pm to 7.30pm.
Maidenhead's High Street with its iconic bridge across the Thames, Windsor's town centre and Long Walk and the world-famous Ascot Racecourse are among the best places to see the flame.
The first torchbearer will arrive in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at Bisham just after 10am as part of a ticket-only event at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. The torch will next appear at Furze Platt Road by the Pinkneys Farm entrance in Maidenhead just before 10.50am. Marlow Road will provide an excellent viewing area as the torch heads into the town centre reaching Maidenhead Bridge by 11.29am.
After a stop at Eton Dorney Lake where the Olympic rowing events will take place it will then travel to Slough - along the Bath Road, down Tuns Lane, and into Church Street, finishing in Ragstone Road at 2.10pm.
The flame will reach Windsor's Maidenhead Road opposite Vansittart Road at around 2.30pm before passing through the town centre. A good viewing area will be Arthur Road – before the torch arrives at the Castle by 2.45pm where the Queen will receive it.
Some 25 minutes later it will reappear at the top of the Long Walk for the straight run along the A308 Albert Road back into Surrey. The Long Walk is capable of accommodating 2,000 spectators comfortably and the Coldstream Guards will line the route to add to the splendour, along with 147 ambassadors and marshalls.
At around 4.25pm the flame will return to the Royal Borough at London Road, Ascot and will be carried along the High Street to the racecourse where there will also be a programme of family fun events. Entry to Ascot Racecourse will be free to the public (gates will open at 3pm and close at 7.30pm).
The Flame will leave the racecourse and continue its journey towards Bracknell at about 5.20pm.
Our video team will be capturing all the highlights so make sure you log on next week for our video coverage.
See a full map of the route in Thursday's Advertiser and Friday's Express series.
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