When Is the Olympic Torch Coming to Prescot?

By on Monday, March 19, 2012

The Olympic Flame is coming through Prescot on Friday, 1 June.

It will be Day 14 of the torchbearers’ relay when the iconic golden flame passes through Merseyside on the Bolton-Liverpool leg of its journey, en route to the 2012 London Olympics.

From St Helens, it will be carried along Prescot Road, where it will join a convoy of vehicles to be transported along the A58, along St Helens Road and on to Knowsley Safari Park for just before 3pm.

The Safari Park is hosting a free public event to coincide with the visit. According to the official schedule, the Olympic Torch will be touring the park for about 35 minutes before continuing in convoy along the Prescot Bypass (A58) through the roundabout and on to Liverpool Road (A57) through Huyton.

The Olympic Flame will not be coming through Prescot Town Centre. Residents can see the convoy (without relay team) on St Helens Road or head towards Huyton, where the torchbearers will rejoin when the convoy reaches the Liverpool Road roundabout, just before 3.40pm. They can also see the flame if they attend the free community event at Knowsley Safari Park. Sign up at the Safari Park website to receive ticket information by email as soon as it’s available.

Ordinarily, Knowsley Safari Park’s location on a busy dual carriageway makes safe access difficult for anyone without a vehicle. It’s disappointing to learn the torch relay will be bypassing Prescot town centre, so let’s hope that Knowsley Council and the Safari Park do their best to make the Safari Park event accessible for everyone in Prescot.


Photo: London 2012 organizers announced the Olympic Torch relay route at a ceremony today (Credit: Andrew Baker)

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