Essex: Olympic Torch Route Revealed

19 March 2012, 07:30 | Updated: 19 March 2012, 11:15

A street-by-street map of the route the Olympic torch will take through Essex and east Herts has been published this morning (Monday March 19th).

Proposed start times of when and where the Olympic Flame will travel across Britain are also included - online at

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the flame during the nationwide relay, from May 19 to July 27, to the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. 

Full details of the street level route in each of the 17 communities in Essex can be found at


Communities in Colchester will be able to see the Olympic Flame at around 7.28am on Friday 6th July.

The route starts at Ipswich Road, Opposite Spacemaker Self Storage. It will continue to the end of Ipswich Road, goes over roundabouts, passes by Old Coach Road and onto East Street Travels along East Street and onto East Hill. 
It will then travel up East Hill and onto High Street before then turning right down North Hill. Down North Hill it will then turn left Travels down North Hill onto Middleborough by around 8.16am.


The Olympic Flame is to be carried through Hatfield Peverel village on route to the Olympic Games on Friday 6th July from approximately 8.30 am. Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame along The Street, from just after Gleneagles Way (close to the A12 exit to Hatfield Peverel), before turning into Maldon Road past the Village Hall to the Village Green, where the village's relay will conclude at around 9 am.


The route that the Olympic Flame will be carried along in the Maldon District will be on Friday 6th July.  The Torch relay vehicle convoy will arrive from Hatfield Peveral along the B1019 where it will meet the Torchbearers at 8.57am. 

The Torchbearer runners will then make their way along Holloway Road, Heybridge to the Causeway up Market Hill, turning right at the top to pass the Moot Hall and down past the Upper Plume School in Fambridge Road towards Mayflower Drive at the bottom of Fambridge Road, where the Torch will leave Maldon via the vehicle convoy at 9.50am.


On the same day the torch will travel along London Road in Rayleigh. It will then turn into Station Road and up Crown Hill, passing the Dutch Cottage, before turning right and continuing along the High Street and into High Road. 

The Torch will make its journey through Rayleigh from 10.20am to 10.45am. 


The flame will come to Southend around midday on Friday 6th July.

Torchbearers will first carry it through the town centre down the High Street, before it is carried down Pier Hill onto the seafront.

The Torch will then be run to City Beach on Marine Parade.


At around 3.30pm  the flame will enter Basildon travelling along Upper Mayne, before travelling down Cranes Farm Road and making a scheduled stop at the Basildon Sporting Village.

The flame will then travel through Basildon, travelling along Roundacre and Southernhay before passing under the railway bridge, running down Cherrydown East and Ashdon Way before completing the loop by rejoining Nethermayne, where it will then move onto Grays.

From Socketts Heath to Hogg Lane, the Olympic Torch Relay will run through Grays on the afternoon of Friday, 6 July.

Timed to the second, the flame will start its Thurrock journey at 4.59pm. Starting in Lodge Lane, it will travel to Piggs Corner, turning into Southend Road, before heading towards Grays town centre at Palmer's Avenue along Orsett Road and London Road, then finishing in Hogg Lane.


The Olympic Torch will pass through Chelmsford on Saturday 7th July.
The Torch Relay will start at 7am from Anglia Ruskin University and will go through the Marconi Factory on New Street, Chelmsford Cathedral, the High Street and Town Sign, Moulsham Street and Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park.  


The torchbearers will be running through Hertford, Ware and then onto Bishop's Stortford on Saturday 7th July.
The Torch Relay will arrive in Waltham Cross from Waltham Abbey at around 8.45am travelling along Highbridge Street and Station Road, before turning right into the Lee Valley White Water Centre (LVWWC), Station Road, for an event. The Torch Relay will depart the LVWWC at around 9.35am, turning right into Station Road, travelling along Eleanor Cross Road, Monarch's Way and the High Street.

Hertford's first torchbearer is due to run along the A414 London Road and into Fore Street just after 10am then along Market Street, Railway Street, South Street and back onto Fore Street before the torch is taken along the A119 Ware Road all the way to Cockbush Avenue. 

The convoy then drives to the start of the Ware torchbearers' route outside Hertford Regional College at just after 10.30am, over the railway crossing onto Amwell End, the High Street, Watton Road and onto Westmill Road until its junction with Wengeo Way. The procession is due to arrive in Bishop's Stortford at just after 11am outside the fire station on the Hadham Road, then Link Road, Hockerill Street, then the B1383 Stansted Road right up to the junction with the B1004 Michaels Road. East Herts then says farewell to the torch as it passes into Stansted towards noon.


Residents of Uttlesford will be able to welcome the Olympic flame when it comes to the district on Saturday 7 July. 
Its journey starts at Stansted Mountfitchet at 11.50am. It will be carried by torchbearers along Pines Hill, Benfleet Road and Cambridge Road. 

From there it returns to the convoy vehicle to be taken to Newport for 12.10pm, where it will be carried along London Road to the junction with Nursery Gardens. 

Following that, the torch convoy will drive to Saffron Walden. At 12.30pm it will be carried along Newport Road from its junction with Beeches Close, along London Road and down the High Street onto Bridge Road, where at the junction with New Pond Lane, it will be returned to the convoy vehicle and taken to the next destination.