Plan trip to World Cup Final carefully - Traffic information
Saturday 10, July 2010
There will be a bigger than usual clampdown on traffic for the World Cup final, with roads closed in Sandton, Soweto and along the N1.
After 62 matches, joy for many and heartbreak for some, the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ final will be played at Soccer City on Sunday, 11 July, between the two European teams Spain and Netherlands.
On the day, thousands of fans are expected to head for the stadium. To ensure there is smooth flow of traffic, the Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other metro police departments from Gauteng have put together a traffic management plan that involves a number of road closures and soft road locks.
"Working together with the Organising Committee and FIFA, we have decided to implement stricter traffic management measures to ensure that fans can arrive on time for the closing ceremony and the final match," said the Gauteng MEC for roads and transport, Bheki Nkosi.
The closing ceremony starts at 6pm; kickoff is at 8.30pm. Most of the road closures will occur in Sandton from 1pm to 5pm and along the N1 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Controlled access will be allowed from time to time in Sandton; however, affected roads will include Alice Lane and West Street from Alice Lane to Rivonia Road; Rivonia Road will be closed from Fredman Drive to Fifth Street; Maude Street will be closed from West Street to Gwen Lane; while Fifth Street will be closed from Rivonia Road to Alice Lane.
Metro police and SAPS officials will be on duty at all road closures. Those wanting to watch the ceremony and the game at the Innes Free Park Fan Fest™ in Sandton are urged to plan their trips carefully and ensure that they get there early to avoid being affected by these road closures.
"If you have no reason to travel through any road restricted areas, please avoid them at these times," said the JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar.
He encouraged fans without tickets to avoid the stadium precinct altogether and rather head to Fan Fests™ and public viewing sites.
"Our traffic officers and the [SAPS] will be scrupulously checking the vehicles, including those of VAPP [vehicle access and parking permit] holders to ensure that each vehicle occupant has a valid match ticket or accreditation permit specifically for the Soccer City final."
Fans with tickets to the match have been advised to catch a Metrobus bus from Sandton to Westgate Transport Hub for only R20. From Westgate, they will be able to take a Metrorail train or a Rea Vaya bus. Westgate Transport Hub is on the corner of Anderson Street and Pat Mbatha Bus and Taxi Way in the inner city.
Metrorail trains will be free for match ticket holders while Rea Vaya will cost R12 for a return trip.
Metrorail trains will also be offering free rides from Park Station and Pretoria Station to the game. The pre-booked Park and Ride facility at Park Station will be open from 2pm. The first free train will leave Park Station at 4pm, while the second one will leave Pretoria Station at 4.07pm.
"Never before have so many people who usually rely on cars used public transport, and in general they [have been] very impressed," said the executive director of the City's 2010 Office, Sibongile Mazibuko. "We are urging more fans and tour guides services to make use of public transport during the final."
There will be soft road closures along the N1 from Pretoria to Soccer City, with the affected on and off ramps including: N1 South Atterbury Road, N1 South Garsfontein Road, N1 South Rigel Avenue, N1 and R21, N1 and N14, N1 South Botha Avenue, N1 South Old Johannesburg Road, N1 South Samrand, N1 South Olifantsfontein, N1 South New Road and N1 South Allendale Road.
These are not all the closures, however; more roads that will be closed are: N1 South Rivonia Road, N1 South and North William Nicol Drive, N1 South Malibongwe Drive, N1 South Beyers Naude Drive, N1 South 14th Avenue, N1 South Gordon Road, N1 South Maraisburg Road, N1 offramps north and south at Soweto Highway; and at the corner of Soweto Highway and Immink Road.
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