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Traffic and travel advice ahead of Sunderland Airshow

20 Jul 2016 00:00 AM

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Northumbria Police is reminding those going to the International Sunderland Airshow this weekend to make sure they have thought about their travel plans.

The annual event is held on the city's seafront at Roker and Seaburn and is the biggest free annual airshow in Europe, attracting around one million spectators over the course of three days each year.

And, the force is once again offering its support to make sure those going along have a great family fun day out.

Travel information has been issued by the organisers which offers useful advice to those going along.

Roads in Sunderland will be busy throughout the weekend and it may be useful for people who are thinking of driving to plan their route in advance - there are currently roadworks on the A1231 and police are advising motorists to find an alternative route and avoid this route if possible.

There will be signs to designated parking areas and people are asked to follow these signs.

Motor Patrols officers will be on duty to assist in keeping traffic flowing, where possible, through the main routes in the area.

Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Silver Commander for the Airshow, said: "The organisers have issued some great travel information to assist those who are going along to the airshow and we would urge people to take a look at this as it will really help them plan their journey.

"We know the roads will be busy and will be assisting the traffic management company in charge of managing event traffic and would ask that motorists are patient and leave plenty of their time journey. Plan your route beforehand and follow the signs to designated parking areas, and make sure you leave plenty of time for arriving and leaving.

"We will be giving regular traffic updates through our twitter account throughout the weekend so it may be worth those who do plan on driving making sure they are following us to find out what the best route they can take is."

Motorists are also advised the site of the airshow is pedestrian only and there will be road closures in place.

Supt Pitt added: "We will have road closures in place around the site and while this is nothing unusual and we have had these closures in place for previous years, this year it might look slightly different and be more obvious to members of the public - people should not be alarmed about this, the safety and security of those going along is our utmost priority and we want them to feel reassured that we are doing everything we can to make them feel safe.

"As part of this reassurance we will also have armed officers on patrol throughout the weekend and people will see police walking around with firearms. Again, people should not be alarmed about this, they are there more than anything to reassure our local communities and those visiting the airshow, they are not there in response to any increased threat."

Police are offering the following advice:-

- If you are driving be patient, the roads will be be busy. Leave plenty of time for your journey.

- Plan your route beforehand and follow the signs to designated parking areas and leave plenty of time for arriving and leaving.

- Please note there are currently road works on the A1231 so the approach to the Stadium of Light Park and Ride will be busy

- Signs will be in place to direct motorists to designated parking areas – please follow these signs. It is advisable to turn your SAT-NAV off as you approach Sunderland as it will direct you to the most popular route thereby causing delays.

- A Traffic Management Company is in charge of managing event traffic.

- Motor Patrols officers will be on duty to assist in keeping traffic flowing, where possible, throughout the main routes in the area.

Follow @northumbriapol on Twitter and Northumbria Police's Facebook page for regular updates from Northumbria Police in the run up and during the Sunderland International Airshow.

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