Stay safe viewing Olympic Torch

Organisers hope as many people as possible turn out to welcome the Olympic Flame to Deeside and Donside and cheer on the Torchbearers on Monday and Tuesday (June 11 and 12).

Some traffic disruption is expected while the Flame passes through the area 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 (

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

Anyone who lives locally and wants to see the Torch 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.

Parking will be prohibited on the A93 North Deeside Road on Monday (June 11), in the towns and villages where a torchbearer is running. 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, people are asked to stay on the pavements and not to venture onto the road as the Olympic convoy is passing. The convoy will pass along the left-hand side of the road and the best view for spectators will be on the left-hand pavements (as they face east-bound).

It is important the Torchbearers, who will be escorted by members of the Metropolitan Police, are not interrupted or crowded by spectators as they run their length of the Relay route. People are asked not to 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.

Grampian Police officers and Aberdeenshire Council marshalls will be on hand to provide help and advice. For real time updates about the Relay, follow the official Twitter feed (@GrampianOTR) and Facebook page (GrampianWelcomesOlympicTorchRelay).