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Neath Port Talbot

The Olympic Torch Relay will arrive in Neath Port Talbot along the A48, starting in Torchbearer Mode at Margam Road at 4.04pm, Commercial Road and Talbot Road and will then change back into Convoy Mode outside Port TalbotParkway Station at 4.36pm.

For the full route and road closures click here http://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=8363

Residents and businesses across Neath Port Talbot are getting ready for the arrival of the Olympic Torch relay which arrives here this Saturday 26 May.

On the second day of its journey through Wales, a total of 21 Torchbearers will carry the flame through communities in Neath Port Talbot on Saturday afternoon, starting in Margam just after 4pm and finishing in Cwrt Herbert in Neath just before 5.30pm before moving on to Swansea.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to cheer on the torchbearers nominated by communities across the county borough and beyond.

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas said: "I am really looking forward to this a once in a lifetime opportunity and we want to make sure that everyone enjoys the experience. With potentially thousands of people lining the streets it should also provide a great boost for local businesses."

Organisers are asking those who are travelling to see the flame to get to the location an hour before the event.

Russell Ward, Head of Partnerships and Community Development said: "The torch relay convoy does operate a rolling road closure system so inevitably there will be some disruption. We have been working very closely with South Wales Police on traffic management and logistics for this event to ensure public safety along the route.

"We would like to thank people in advance for their co-operation and understanding during the time the torch passes through and ask them to listen to the advice of stewards and police along the route and not to run out onto the road.”

Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for any journeys around the time the torch passes through the county borough.

Bus passengers should also check before travelling because services may be disrupted.

The London organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) said the torch convoy featured a crew of around 350 people each day including Locog staff, the Metropolitan Police torch security team, host police forces and host local authorities.

There are 14 main vehicles involved such as the pilot car, torch bearer drop-off and pick-up shuttle vehicles, media vehicle, command car and security vehicles.

For further information about details of the Olympic Torch Relay route and Torchbearers then please visit our website http://www.npt.gov.uk/

The Council will be tweeting live updates from the relay route from its @NPTCouncil Twitter account. If you are lining the streets, join in by tweeting the Council with comments and photos using #npttorch.

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