Wigan prepares for blaze of glory

The Olympic Flame is lit in Greece and (below) a sign on the route in Wigan
The Olympic Flame is lit in Greece and (below) a sign on the route in Wigan
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FINAL preparations are being made ahead of the Olympic torch’s visit to Wigan in three weeks time.

Signs have been put up across town along the planned route as residents plan to decorate the roads in bunting and flags.

A sign outside Boyswell House flats, Scholes, advertising the Olympic Torch Relay route

A sign outside Boyswell House flats, Scholes, advertising the Olympic Torch Relay route

A number of Wiganers have been selected to carry it through the town as it makes its journey on Thursday, May 31.

A dozen vehicles will make their way along the B5207 through Lowton, into Golborne and then into Abram along the A573.

The torch will progress into Platt Bridge, Lower Ince and Spring View inside a special coach before being passed onto a carrier who will run with it into the town centre along Caroline Street and up Wallgate.

For the majority of its journey in Wigan, it will be carried by selected torch bearers but for some a short part, it will be inside a vehicle.

It will enter the town centre via Wallgate before travelling down Library Street, past the Town Hall, and then continuing on its journey through Scholes along the A577 past Hindley Town Hall and up Market Street.

It will eventually leave the borough around 5.30pm, for Westhoughton.

Preparations are being made across the town with local community groups busy preparing to welcome it to Wigan.

It is hoped that crowds will attend the whole way along the route so people are being advised to give extra time when making their travel plans.

No roads will be closed during the hours the torch spends in Wigan but traffic congestion is expected.

To add to that, Virgin trains have put out a warning to their commuters.

The torch will pass through Wallgate and therefore slow traffic down outside both Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate train stations.

As a result, Virgin are advising passengers to make extra time for their journeys between 2.30pm and 5.30pm during that afternoon.

A spokesman said: “Please allow extra time to get to the station as normal access routes will be blocked. The road outside the station will be closed to all traffic and will not allow access to the car park.”