Certain roads from Leicester to Peteborough were closed as preparations are underway for the 2012 London Olympics. A dry run for the 80-mile route of the Olympic torch relay was conducted. People were advised that the rehearsal was expected to disrupt traffic and were advised not to crowd the streets as the practice run commences.
The relay has 122 local participants for the practice run and is being closely monitored by 400 personnel who are equipped with cars and trucks. Roadblocks were setup in advance on the route that the torch bearers will be using during the relay. Marshals were also deployed to direct traffic so to avoid excessive build up due to the roadblocks. Motorists are advised not to use the roads on the 80-mile route.
The torch will also board the the Great Central Railway and Nene Valley Railway, and will travel by boat as well. The actual Olympic torch will arrive in the UK on the 19th of May. 70 officers are tasked to act as security for the torch and its bearer during the relay.
During the actual Olympic run, 7,300 people will be bearing the torch during the run. These runners include 700 celebrities and athletes as well as people nominated to participate during the event.