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SWC: Designated parking areas

2010-05-05 20:49

Johannesburg - Designated parking areas, free rail travel and additional transport facilities will be introduced for the 2010 World Cup, Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said on Wednesday.

"We are on track and ready to host the 2010 World Cup. The city is ready to welcome all spectators and visitors and we want to encourage everyone to use public transport," Masondo said.

Fans able to produce a match ticket would be able to travel to the game free by train.

Fans driving would be able to take a shuttle service from designated parking areas.

There would also be parking close enough for commuters to walk to stadiums.

Fans using the park-and-ride and park-and-walk services were encouraged to book in advance.

The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system would also run to and from Soccer City and Ellis Park.

Defending the new bus service, after a number of attacks in which people have died, Masondo said safety was not a concern.

"We are doing everything possible to assure the safety of passengers using BRT.

"It's very clear that those who are trying to start fires with the BRT will not succeed and the majority of the community support the BRT."