Travel advice, street-by-street route and what’s on guide to the Olympic torch relay in Cardiff

May 24, 2012 16 Comments »
Travel advice, street-by-street route and what’s on guide to the Olympic torch relay in Cardiff

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Cardiff on Friday to cheer on the London 2012 Olympic torch relay.

Almost 100 local heroes will carry the Olympic flame as it covers 102 miles between Worcester and Cardiff, where it will stop overnight for an outdoor concert at Coopers Field.

London 2012 organisers yesterday said the turnout so far along the relay route had doubled their expectations and they were confident the Welsh public would be swept up by the Olympic spirit.

And Welsh Government tourism bosses believe the torch relay will be a huge opportunity to gain global exposure as it passes through Wales over the next five days.

According to the London 2012 website, Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton will carry the flame on Friday, but the names of other celebrity torchbearers are being kept under wraps.

Mark Honeybunn, Olympic torch relay advance manager at Locog, said he was confident the flame would get a warm welcome as it crosses the border into Wales.

“What’s clear form the relay so far is that communities are coming together and the Welsh being as patriotic as they are it’s something that they are really going to get behind,” he said.

“They are inviting the flame to their nation and it’s going to be a real chance for them to show their support for what is turning out to be a people’s torch relay.

“The torch relay is officially a call to arms for the athletes to announce the Games. From a personal point of view I hope it becomes the nation’s relay, it’s an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate torchbearers who wouldn’t necessarily be in the limelight themselves, but through their deeds are carrying out inspiring acts.”

The Olympic flame will travel to within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey during the 70-day torch relay.

“It’s about bringing the excitement and the spirit of the Games to faraway places,” Mr Honeybunn added.

“It’s an opportunity to take the spirit of the Games to local towns, hamlets and cities and for them to share in this once in a lifetime moment.”

Tickets to the 11 Olympics football matches being staged at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium went back on sale yesterday.WEDS

Organisers are hoping the interest generated by the torch relay will boost sales, with some matches having so far sold just a few thousands tickets.

The very first event of the games – a women’s football match featuring Team GB in Cardiff – has sold just 11,000 tickets, leaving most of the huge 74,500-seater ground empty.

Jonathan Jones, head of marketing and tourism at the Welsh Government, said he wasn’t concerned about the sales and was confident they would improve as momentum builds towards the start of the Games.

“I have no concern at all because the tickets haven’t even really gone on general sale yet,” he said.

“I’ve heard some very good ticket sales for the men’s games and lets see if we can get Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Ryan Giggs in the British team and we’ll get a lot more.

“Selling tickets for women’s football matches has always been a bigger task, but I think once they go on sale and Locog get a sales push behind it, I don’t see a problem.”

Mr Jones said more than 60 Welsh companies had secured contracts worth about £38m thanks to the Olympics, including the Royal Mint at Llantrisant which is producing the London 2012 medals.

“It will also raise the profile of Wales both in England, which is our major market as far as tourism is concerned, and worldwide,” he said.

“When you see the torch against the wonderful background of buildings such as City Hall, Cardiff Castle, the top of Snowden – that will all be broadcast worldwide and that will be a great legacy for us in terms of selling Wales to the world.”

Travel advice and what’s on guide to the Olympic torch relay in Cardiff:

The torch relay will travel through the streets of Cardiff to Coopers Field between 5.25pm and 7.20pm. The city centre will be subject to a full road closure from 17.30pm until 7pm, but the public are advised to prepare for the possibility of a closure from 4pm onwards.

Access will be maintained in an outbound direction on Newport Road (away from the city centre). The inbound lane (towards the city centre) will be closed in order to accommodate the torch.

Those in the vicinity of the route may experience some disruption between 4pm and 7pm, with very limited vehicular movement between 5pm and 6pm.

Police are asking drivers to avoid these travel hotspot areas, or if journeys are absolutely essential to plan ahead and allow more time.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Special City Celebrations, presented by Coca-Cola, takes place from 1pm tomorrow afternoon.

Registration for the free event is now closed and the 16,000 lucky enough to receive tickets should have received a confirmation email from Ticketmaster.

Rock band You Me At Six, Brit award winner Emeli Sandé and Cardiff-born Kids In Glass Houses will perform at the concert.

Elsewhere, Cardiff council is inviting families to come down to City Hall lawn, home to the Olympic rings structure, to be part of the event. The relay will travel past at about 6.30pm.

For those requiring wheelchair access there is a specially allocated wheelchair area and a viewing point near the clock on St Mary Street.

On day 8 of the relay, the torch will leave Cardiff at 6.29am from the Norwegian Church Cardiff Bay, with the church open from 6am.

Olympic torch’s street-by-street route through Cardiff: 


Newport Road (B4487)
Welcome to Old St Mellons sign

Newport Road (B4487)
Wern Fawr Lane

Newport Road (B4487)

Newport Road (B4487)
Tyr Winch Road (B4562)

Newport Road (B4487)
Old Hill

Newport Road (B4487)
Mount Pleasant Avenue

Newport Road (B4487)
Witla Court Road

Newport Road (B4487)
Claremont Crescent

Newport Road (B4487)
Wentloog Road

Newport Road (B4487)
Ty Mawr Road

Newport Road (B4487)
Castle Crescent

Newport Road (A4161)

Newport Road (A4161)

Newport Road (A4161)
Rover Way

Newport Road (A4161)
Dominion Way

Newport Road (A4161)

Newport Road (A4161)

Newport Road (A4161)
A469 turn off

Newport Road (A4161)
Oakfield Street

Newport Road (A4161)
Clifton Street

Newport Road (A4161)
Cardiff Royal Infirmary

Newport Road (A4161)
A470/Fitzalan Place

Dumfries Place
Windsor Lane

Stuttgart Strausse/Boulevard de Nantes
Park Place

Duke Street (A4161)

Duke Street (A4161)

Duke Street (A4161)
Cardiff Castle – stops inside for photographs

Castle Street

High Street

Wharton Street

St David’s Hall

Wharton Street

St Mary Street

Wood Street

Tudor Street

Clare Street

Lower Cathedral Road

Cowbridge Road East

Coopers Field


6.29am: Torch will leave from  the Norwegian Church Cardiff  Bay. From Harbour Drive it  will travel past the National  Assembly for Wales and across  Roald Dahl Plas before heading through Grangetown along  James Street, Clarence Road,  Corporation Road and Penarth  Road.

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  1. Lyndon Sullivan May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    The Olympic Torch: Fires the imagination of the people,and inspires the youth of today,and generations to come..

    • also annoyed May 25, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

      too light fires?

  2. Annoyed May 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Only reason ive looked into this is to see how much this is going to disrupt travel. Fantastic, it happens to be in the city center just as im trying to get home at the end of a long week. they should have had more sense than to be in the city center at home time. Its fire, nothing more

    • John Jones May 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Should have taken the day off!!

  3. @PaulMSeligman May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    The Olympic Torch relay was intiated by the Nazis to promote the 1936 Berlin games and used for Nazi racist propaganda purposes (see

    In 1938, a large Nazi Swastika flag flew over Cardiff's City hall. (see photo…. If the city still has the flag in a storeroom, maybe they'll bring it out for the current relay?

  4. Phil Weaver May 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Cardiff always stages events that will interfere with the day to day running of the City. What better time than tea time on a Friday afternoon to completely stuff the centre of Cardiff. Maybe someone will come along and blow the thing out! Then we can all get home.

  5. soexcited! May 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Do people realise this is the olympics!! not some poxy tortch! you may never see this agin in your lives! shut up and embrace it!!!

    • Annoyed May 25, 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

      its another thing that the country cannot afford, when compared with the amount we will lose from the usual tourists that will be staying well away from the country during the best months of the year for our tourism industry. It will make no difference to a majority of people as even if they watch it, it will be on the tv, pretty much like when you watch it when its in another country. I've got nothing against the olympics, (or the jubilee), but hate the way that its being forced down our throats. Olympic stuff and union jacks everywhere you go. so, mr(or mrs) soexcited, remember theres a lot of people here who either a)dont care or b) dont want yet another "fantastic" event forced on us, so maybe yourself shut up?

  6. Donna May 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I can't find anywhere on line the start and finish time of the coopers field concert – I need to know to arrange travel… Can anyone help please?

  7. Enjoy May 25, 2012 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Some people can never see any good in anything! Most people will never get the chance again to see the Olympic Torch, ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. James May 25, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    but its going to raise the profile of wales in England….if they havent heard of wales yet maybe they shouldnt come

  9. Kat May 25, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Miserable buggers!! get invloved! or get the train home!

  10. Alan Spiller May 25, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Ignore the selfish, carping loonies who wouldn't recognise a significant day in Cardiff's sporting and cultural history if it bit them in their brains! The rest of us will enjoy the day and revel in the Games.

  11. Derek Williams May 25, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I will be the torch bearer tonight from St David'd Hall to Wood Street and am proud to do so! 1938 was 74 years ago. Enjoy the day.
    Derek Williams

  12. Alison May 25, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Surely tea time is the perfect time for as many people in Cardiff to see the torch as possible! I think it is perfect timing myself. The torch has become a symbol of the passion and commitment of athletes worldwide to be the best they can be and perform at incredibly high levels of physical and mental endurance. The legendary Lynn Davies (Gold medal for long jump in 1964) is carrying the torch past Mercure Holland House on Newport Rd at just after 6.20, so lets go show some support and pride in our nations sporting achievements and heroes. Come on Team GB! :)

  13. soexited May 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I cant wait to see the Olympic Torch

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