Suffolk Show traffic warning
POLICE are asking visitors to this year's Suffolk Show to be patient and prepare for delays as thousands of people flock to the two-day event.Although work has been carried out by the show organisers and police in a bid to try and prevent last year's chaotic traffic scenes, officers say some delays are inevitable at the spectacular on May 28 and 29.
POLICE are asking visitors to this year's Suffolk Show to be patient and prepare for delays as thousands of people flock to the two-day event.
Although work has been carried out by the show organisers and police in a bid to try and prevent last year's chaotic traffic scenes, officers say some delays are inevitable at the spectacular on May 28 and 29.
Last year's event saw a number of hold-ups and traffic logjams, with some motorists reporting delays of up to two hours getting to and from the showground.
Inspector Alex Morrison, of Suffolk Police, urged drivers to follow the specified routes for this year's show, and prepare themselves for possible queues.
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Motorists approaching from Woodbridge should use the Bucklesham village route, while those travelling from the west along the A14 are being advised to come off at the Seven Hills roundabout.
Show traffic will then be asked to keep in the right hand lane on the slip road off the A14 before utilising two lanes around the roundabout itself and along into the showground.
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Meanwhile, traffic approaching from Ipswich should make use of new arrangements along Bucklesham Road to access Gate 4.
Finally, visitors driving from Felixstowe are being asked to follow signing off the A14 prior to the Seven Hills junction.
Show-goers should then follow the routes in reverse when leaving, with two lanes of traffic flowing from Gate 10 back to the Seven Hills interchange.
Insp Morrison said: "We would ask that visitors, and motorists using routes around the showground, be prepared for some delay.
"New traffic arrangements and entrance widening will hopefully minimise problems but, with the amount of people heading to the show, traffic is likely to be slow moving and we would request that everyone exercise some courtesy and patience.
"We would also ask that motorists follow the routes directed and comply with any requests from police or show stewards.
"We also hope local radio will be able to give regular updates as to the traffic situation to keep everyone informed on the day."