19 June 2012

Parking restrictions will be relaxed in Northampton on the morning the Olympic Torch Relay comes to town so that as many people as possible can enjoy the once-in-a lifetime spectacle.

Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council have both agreed to the concession up to midday on Monday, July 2.

The county council will be offering free on-street parking at pay and display bays in the town centre but other enforcement will continue to avoid vehicles causing any obstructions.

While the borough council will offer free parking in all of its car parks up until midday.

Cllr Ben Smith, county council cabinet member with responsibility for enforcement, said: “I’m delighted to announce that the county council will be offering free on-street parking at pay and display bays in Northampton town centre on the day the Olympic Torch relay comes to town.

“However, other parking contraventions such as causing an obstruction and parking on yellow lines will be enforced to make sure that congestion is minimised.

“This is a big day for the town and the county as a whole and I’m pleased we’re working with the borough council to help make sure we can get as many people as possible to enjoy this hugely important event.”

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: "The Olympic Torch coming to our town is a huge event and will be something that will be remembered for years to come. Across the country we have seen huge crowds come out to greet the Torch and feel part of the excitement as we count down to the first London Olympics in a generation.

“We are still a couple of weeks away, but you can already feel the excitement growing with the bunting in the town centre and regular updates on the news every night.

“I am pleased to say that parking at all of the Borough Council's car parks will be free on the morning the Torch comes to town. We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to come and see the Torch. This is something that should not be missed as it may not happen again for a very long time, so come into Northampton, park for free and help us to welcome the Olympic Torch to our town."