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2012 Olympic Torch Relay Rehearsal on 20th April

2012 Olympic Torch Relay sign image
2012 Olympic Torch Relay sign image
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chose Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to stage a full dress rehearsal on Friday 20th April to test the operations around the Olympic Torch Relay.


Why did this happen?

The key reason was to test the convoy, crew and communications procedures in

advance of the national 70-day torch relay*, which takes place from 19th May until 27th July.

The rehearsal route in Leicester on Friday 20th April

  • Started at the National Space Centre at around 7.12am
  • then went along Belgrave Road and Loughborough Road
  • crossed the Red Hill roundabout and headed towards Station Road
  • arrived at Great Central Railway’s Leicester North Station around 8.15am and left soon after.


The impact on the areas along the rehearsal route  

The convoy's journey lasted for around 60 mins from start to finish. As expected, it  caused some minor disruption to those areas on the route.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We worked closely with LOCOG and local partners to minimise any impact on all areas along the route.

What the local media said about the rehearsal

Visit the BBC Leicester* and Leicester Mercury* websites to see coverage of the rehearsal event.  

Need more information on July's 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in Leicester?

Visit or call us on 0116 454 1000.

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