These factors were primarily based upon population, but sporting, historical, scenic and cultural attributes, logistical limitations and the unique requirements of the relay convoy were also taken into account.
LOCOG is pleased to be bringing the Flame to within 10 miles of over 95% of the UK population and believe the optimum balance of incorporating great sights and reach to people has been achieved.
The density of population is greater in Southern part of the UK so by having more stops there we are better able to achieve the ambition of reaching 95% of the population, as simply more people live there.
Based on the principle of the lanterns that miners used, they are designed to protect the flame and help ensure a long burn time. These lanterns have been certified to enable the Flame to be carried on aeroplanes.
How much will the security detail cost and how will the chain of command work between the different Police Forces?
The MET and local police forces have a comprehensive funding and operational plan in place. More details to follow shortly on this.
LOCOG reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a Torchbearer place should someone be deemed as bringing themselves and/or London 2012 into disrepute in the time between the offer being made and the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
This includes usual event related services such as stewarding, street cleaning, toilet facilities and event infrastructure.
The scale and content of the welcome will be agreed together and will be appropriate to the resources available and story the local area wants to tell.