Bumpy ride to opening match

2010-06-11 12:59

The Park and Ride system was not the most rapid option for South

Africans hoping to get to Soccer City to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony

of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The City or Johannesburg had organised metro buses to transport

fans to Soccer City but Rea Vaya buses were later introduced.

These were caught in heavily congested traffic in the Joburg city

centre – seemingly because motorists were flouting the designated lanes.

As the buses left the CBD there was a visible Metro Police presence

and the buses swiftly drove to Soccer City.

Earlier, the queue for park and ride at Constitutional Hill was so

long that it entered the underground parking and exited it again.

It took about

an hour from the time people got into the line until they got into the


Steve Marks (28) from Midrand said: “I came to park and ride at

noon. Not to make the opening ceremony at 2pm is ridiculous.

"I am very upset

because I paid lots of money.”

Kalpesh Nrandra (39) from Benoni had a different view: “This is the

best in Africa; excellent service.”

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