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London 2012: Winslow mayor in Olympic torch road fear

A Buckinghamshire mayor is concerned that traffic plans for the Olympic torch procession through his town will put spectators' lives at risk.

Winslow's Llew Monger has called for a full road closure for an hour either side of the event on 9 July with diversions in place.

The county council plans for a rolling road block behind the runners carrying the torch.

Traffic on the opposite side of the road will be stopped for 10-12 minutes.

Thousands of people, including about 1,000 school children, are expected on the streets of Winslow to see the Olympic torch and its convoy as part of its 70-day relay around the UK.

Originally traffic was going to be allowed to travel freely on the opposite side of the road to the runners.

Rosemary Bryant, of Transport for Buckinghamshire, said there would be no complete road closures, but the traffic on the other side of the road would now be stopped for a short period of time.

Councillor Monger said the rolling road blocks were "definitely an improvement" it was still worrying because the children will need to get in place at least 30 minutes beforehand.

He added: "I don't see any reason why we couldn't have traffic diversions, it's not rocket science."

The torch arrives in the UK from Greece on 18 May.

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