Warning over Olympic torch disruption

Council bosses are urging residents to get in place early when the Olympic Torch passes through the borough later this month – and not to get caught up in traffic as lots of roads are closed.

The iconic flame will be travelling through Gnosall, Haughton and Stafford on its 14-mile route on Wednesday 30th May.

As well as the torch relay, the borough council has arranged a circus parade, with acrobats, jugglers and stilt walkers being joined by dance and community groups and school children, to warm up the crowds before the torchbearers arrive.

But residents, visitors and businesses are being advised to be prepared for disruption with roads on and around the route being closed between 4pm and 6.30pm on the day.

Adam Hill, head of leisure and culture at Stafford Borough Council, is urging people to get in early so they don‘t miss out on the historic event.

He said: “Such an exceptional event calls for exceptional circumstances and I hope everyone will realise there may be disruption to their normal day to day routine- and make alternative arrangements to minimise this. If you don’t want to see the torch then don’t travel to and from Stafford, or the two villages on route between those times. We want this day to be about celebration not frustration.”

For further advice on the torch relay and road closures, visit or keep up to date on Twitter by following the #staffstorch2012 hashtag. You can also find advice on parking deliveries and collections, public transport, getting your staff in to work and much more at

Click here to see the Olympic torchbearers from Stone, and here to read the story of 15-year-old torchbearer Ollie Moreton.



  1. I know the torch is not being carried through the town but will it be carried down the A34 or will it be in a vehicle?

    1. Hi Philip. The torch will be carried up the A34 from Stafford as far as the Creswell / M6 roundabout. It then goes down the M6 (in a vehicle I presume!) to Stoke-on-Trent

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