Safety tips for torch relay

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The Olympic Torch Relay is an exciting event for the area and it is hoped that as many people as possible can come out to welcome the Olympic Flame to Aberdeenshire and cheer on the Torchbearers on June 11 and 12.

However, some traffic disruption is expected while the Flame passes through Aberdeenshire and people are being urged to plan their journey ahead and leave extra time for travelling.

A list of rolling road closures is available from the Ready Grampian website {www.readygrampian.org/ready grampian site/clickhere}.

People are being encouraged to check if the temporary closures will affect them and plan their travel in advance. Avoid travelling if at all possible, and if not, leave extra time for your journey.

For people hoping to see the Torch as it passes through Aberdeenshire, anyone who lives locally is being encouraged to walk rather than use their car if possible. People driving are asked to get there early in order to find a parking space and somewhere to stand.

Please note parking will be prohibited on the A93 North Deeside Road on Monday, June 11, in the towns and villages where a torchbearer will be running. Cones preventing parking will be put out from 7pm the previous evening.

There will also be no parking in parts of Stonehaven on the morning of Tuesday, June 12, including Allardice Street and Dunnottar Avenue. Cones preventing parking will be put out from 7pm the previous evening.

There should be plenty of standing room along the route for people hoping to watch the Torchbearers, and they are asked to spread out along the pavements and avoid bunching together.

For safety reasons, please stay on the pavements and do not venture onto the road as the Olympic convoy is passing. The convoy will pass along the lefthand side of the road and the best view for spectators will be on the lefthand pavements (as you face eastbound).

It is important that the Torchbearers are not interrupted or crowded by spectators as they run their length of the Relay route. The Torchbearers will be escorted by members of the Metropolitan Police. Please do not try to follow the Torchbearers, either by foot or on bikes, scooters, etc.

The Olympic Torch Relay Convoy is comprised of three parts. An advance convoy, including vehicles from presenting partners Coca Cola, Samsung and Bank of Scotland, will reach towns and villages around an hour before the main convoy and will provide activities at some venues.

The activation convoy will pass several minutes ahead of the Torchbearer. The core convoy, including the Torchbearer, will then pass through shortly afterwards.

Please check the weather conditions before you leave and make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing.

Town and public halls, community centres and pavilions are being opened, where possible, to provide extra toilet facilities for people watching the Relay.

Grampian Police officers and Aberdeenshire Council marshalls will be on hand to provide help and advice. Marshalls will be wearing yellow high-visibility vests.

For real time updates about the Relay, please follow the official Twitter feed (@GrampianOTR) and Facebook page (GrampianWelcomesOlympicTorchRelay).