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Road closures - Cape Town

2010-05-12 16:18
Cape Town - Cape Town City Communications Department suggests commuters take advantage of upgraded public transport during the 2010 FIFA World Cup to avoid road closures and increased traffic around the city.

“Traffic will be affected on match days in Cape Town during the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to a number of necessary road closures. The City asks the public to be aware of these and to plan their routes and travel times accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” said the City’s Director: Communication and 2010 Spokesperson, Pieter Cronje.

Public transport services have been extended as part of the City’s transport plan for the event. “We encourage commuters to use these extended public transport services offered by the City,” said Peter Sole, Manager: 2010 Transport Operations.

All trains and certain train stations will have additional security for the duration of the World Cup. In addition, the use of non-motorised transport and car pooling is greatly encouraged.

What you need to know about Road Closures:

Match Days:
June 11 Uruguay vs France @ 20:30

June 14 Italy vs Paraguay @ 20:30

June 18 England vs Algeria @ 20:30

June 21 Portugal vs Korea DPR @ 13:30

June 24 Cameroon vs Netherlands @ 20:30

June 29 Group H Winner vs Group G Runner Up @ 20:30

July 3 SR3 Winner vs SR4 Winner@ 16:00

July 6 QF2 Winner vs QF1 Winner @ 20:30

Match Day Closures

The Central Business District (CBD) 

Hertzog Blvd between Civic Avenue and Heerengracht.

Hans Strijdom Avenue.

Adderley St between Strand and Hertzog Blvd.

How long: 4 hours before kick-off until 2 hours after final whistle.

Note: Key intersections on Long and Loop Streets will be open at all times.        

CBD connections to Green Point, Sea Point, Fresnaye and Atlantic Seaboard


Western Boulevard in both directions from Buitengragt to Beach Road intersection at Three Anchor Bay – exit V&A Waterfront via Portswood Road for Northern Suburbs/Southern Suburbs traffic.

Somerset Road from Buitengragt to Ebenezer Road in both directions between Ebenezer Road and York Road from 4 hours before the match to 4 hours after final whistle.

From Ebenezer Road to York Road, the CBD-bound carriageway will be closed. However, two-way traffic will be accommodated on the Sea Point-bound carriageway. This route is intended for local access only, and should be avoided by non-residents.

How long:  Generally 4 hours before kick-off until 2-4 hours after final whistle, however, some roads will remain closed or with limited access for the duration of the event.

Note: For Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay, advice is to use Kloof Nek Road. During match day closures, public transport will be redirected onto High Level Road.

At the Stadium

Fritz Sonnenberg Road south-east of the Metropolitan Golf Course entrance, Vlei Road and Fort Wynyard Road will be closed to all but accredited vehicles.

Beach Road from Fritz Sonnenberg Road to Haul Road for two-way traffic on the seaward carriageway. The mountain side carriageway will be open to accredited vehicles only.

Beach Road from Haul to Portswood Road will be open for one-way traffic towards the CBD.

Vehicles exiting the V&A Waterfront in the direction of Mouille Point will access Beach Road via Haul Road.

Closures for duration of event

Around FIFA Fan Fest™ on Grand Parade
The Grand Parade in the centre of Cape Town, near Cape Town Station, is the venue for the FIFA Fan Fest™. Minimal road closures will enhance accessibility to the venue.

Lower Plein Street between Darling and Castle Streets in the direction of Cape Town Station. 

Lower Plein Street will remain open for traffic moving between Castle and Darling Streets in the direction of the mountain.

Corporation Street between Longmarket and Darling Streets.

Between 6 June and 14 July

Closed: Darling Street between Buitenkant and Plein Streets will be closed.

The eastbound (Woodstock direction) carriageway of Darling Street between Plein and Adderley Streets.

Plein Street between Longmarket and Darling Streets will operate one-way only in the direction of Darling Street.

Corporation and Parade Streets will be closed to general traffic between Caledon and Darling Streets with the exception of vehicles requiring access to premises in these streets.

Lower Plein Street will be open daily only for one-way traffic in the direction of the mountain in the morning up to 09:30 after which the road will be closed to traffic.

Around the Stadium

Closed/limited acces: Fritz Sonnenberg Road south-east of the Metropolitan Golf Course entrance, Vlei Road and Fort Wynyard Road will be closed with access for accredited vehicles only.

Granger Bay Boulevard from Western Boulevard Circle to Beach Road will be closed to all vehicles.

Public Transport
There will be disruptions and some deviations to normal routes on both match and non-match days as follows:
Bus services travelling through the Green Point area

Match Days: All bus services from the CBD travelling through the Green Point area will be redirected to High Level Road, as will all buses travelling from the Camps Bay area through Green Point towards the CBD. Buses will be able to enter Main Road from High Level Road along Cavalcade and Glengariff Roads using existing bus stops on High Level Road.

Bus services entering the CBD
All bus services affected by the road closures will be redirected. Golden Arrow is still to confirm the new route, but all services will terminate at the Golden Acre. Updated information is available from the 24/7 Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.

Minibus Taxi Services
The minibus taxi industry is being consulted with regard to routes and pick-up/drop-off areas that have to be rerouted or moved. These will be communicated as soon as routes have been finalised.

All fans and commuters travelling in the affected areas are strongly encouraged to use public transport, non-motorised transport and car pooling. The World Cup period is an ideal opportunity to try out the extended public transport services, with services having additional security measures for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Full Road Closure and Limited Access map for SWC 2010. (City of Cape Town Communications Department).

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