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Preparations continue for Sunderland International Airshow

Dated: 13 Jul 2017 13:19 PM

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Northumbria Police and Sunderland City Council are continuing their preparations for this year's Sunderland International Airshow and are urging visitors to start to think about their own travel plans. 

The annual event is held on the city's seafront at Roker and Seaburn and Northumbria Police is once again offering its support to make sure those going along have a great family fun day out. 

Travel information will be issued by Sunderland City Council which will offer useful advice to those going along and with just over a week to go police want to reinforce the importance of planning ahead. 

Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Silver Commander for the Airshow, said: "Sunderland City Council has 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 in and around the city throughout the weekend and would ask that motorists are patient. People should plan ahead and leave plenty of time for their journey. Motor patrols officers will be on patrol, assisting the council with traffic management, to help keep traffic flowing throughout the main routes in the area." 

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly added: "We will continue to work closely with our community safety and public transport partners before, during and after the event to make sure that visitors have all the travel information and advice they need to get to and from the airshow. 

"A lot of planning goes into this and every large scale public event in Sunderland, to put the traffic, transport, parking and access arrangements in place to  meet  the increased needs of motorists, passengers and pedestrians. 

"Along with increased bus and Metro services and traffic management, we also have additional park and ride sites and seafront parking at Seaburn Showfield with more information online and in the event programme." ( Please visit

www.sunderlandinternationalairshow.co.uk and http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8398 )   

British Transport Police will be assisting Northumbria Police officers on the weekend, in particular around Seaburn Metro Station, to help visitors using the Metro with Nexus providing additional services throughout the weekend. 

British Transport Police Inspector Brian Buddo said. " It’s a really exciting event for the city and we hope everyone has an amazing weekend. Trains and stations are expected to busy so please give yourself plenty of time to travel. We have extra officers out working alongside Northumbria Police and rail staff to help get you to the show. But don’t forget if you need us call

0800 405040 or text 61016." 

Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: "We expect services to be busy over the weekend of the air show, particularly at Seaburn station, with queues following the event. Extra Metros will be running, but my message to customers is to please leave plenty of time for your journey.

"Extra staff at Metro stations will help customers to save time and avoid queueing at the ticket machines. A DaySaver costs £5 and is valid for all day and all zone travel. It can also be used on the Shields Ferry and on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland. We’d encourage people travelling to the event to buy a DaySaver or use a Pop Pay As You Go card to help make their journeys as quick and efficient as possible." 

Police are offering the following advice:- 

- If you are driving be patient, the roads will 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.   

- Switch your SAT-NAV off as you approach Sunderland - it will direct you to the most popular route thereby causing delays. Follow signs instead. 

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