Heavy traffic warning issued ahead of Suffolk Show 2016 on Wednesday and Thursday
Police are reminding drivers they may need to allow extra time for their journey over the next couple of days as the 2016 Suffolk Show gets underway at Trinity Park.
Officers are also encouraging visitors to the Show to come along to say hello to some of the policing teams who will be on the site during the event, and to remember to take basic crime reduction measures to protect your belongings.
The annual show is being held on Wednesday June 1 and Thursday June 2, and while everything possible will be done to keep the traffic flowing police are reminding motorists there may be some delays, due to the numbers heading to the show.
In recent years congestion has been fairly minimal but the sheer volume of traffic heading to the site inevitably means there may be some hold-ups, particularly near the A12/A14 Seven Hills junction.
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the two-day event and, as there may be some disruption, police are asking drivers to think ahead and either leave more time for their journey at peak times or, if appropriate, to find an alternative route.
Regardless of whether you’re heading to the Show or not officers are urging you to follow signing and arrangements in place to ensure things run as smoothly as possible.
As usual drivers approaching the Show along the A12 from Woodbridge will be directed along the Bucklesham village route, while those approaching from the west along the A14 are asked to use lane one after the Orwell Bridge to minimise the disruption for vehicles travelling to Felixstowe, and to then come off at the Seven Hills A14/ A12 roundabout, use both lanes on the slip road off the A14 and then utilise two lanes around the roundabout itself towards the showground.
Traffic from Ipswich should make use of arrangements along Bucklesham Road to access Gate 4, while those approaching from Felixstowe should follow signing off the A14 prior to the Seven Hills junction. Drivers are being asked to follow these routes in reverse when leaving the showground, with two lanes of traffic flowing from Gate 10 back to the Seven Hills interchange.
Police will be on hand to respond to reports of collisions or specific delays and will also be on patrol within the showground.
The Constabulary will also have a presence on two stands – one at Flower Show Avenue with the themes of rural crime, road safety, volunteers and recruitment, with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, where there will be several police vehicles on view.
Meanwhile Suffolk Police Cadets will be at the Suffolk Public Village, also in Flower Show Avenue, where they will be demonstrating fingerprinting, along with the community safety team and cyber crime unit, covering crime reduction advice on a range of subjects and Suffolk SAFEkey. There will also be a quiz for children with prizes for the winners, presented after the Show concludes.
Police are advising all those heading to the Show to be security conscious. Please remember to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables before leaving your car unattended and be aware of your surroundings while you’re out enjoying all the Show has to offer.