Dedicated lanes for World Cup

2010-04-21 16:23

The Gauteng roads and transport department will provide dedicated lanes to ensure spectators get to the stadiums quickly during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Sipho Mbele, the department’s director for 2010 transport, said his department would use buses, metered and minibus taxis, the Gautrain and normal trains to ferry soccer fans to various stadiums.

Gauteng will host 19 of the 32 games of the tournament.

Addressing a media briefing today, Mbele said routine maintenance of provincial roads was under way and the dedicated lanes had been identified.

The routes will be marked with signage.

Mbele said the department had received 1 619 applications from public transport service providers and that these would be issued with permits in time for the World Cup.

Earlier this morning taxi operators belonging to the National Taxi Alliance marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria protesting their exclusion from the World Cup.

Mbele denied that the operators were being excluded and said the department was discussing the issue with the industry.

Mbele encouraged spectators to use rail transport and said there would be dedicated trains for Tshwane and Johannesburg.

“The rail police will provide security for fans travelling in trains,” he said.

Mbele said road construction would be suspended for the duration of the soccer games to ensure that traffic flowed freely.

Mbele said his department would issue a Gauteng travel guide which would provide transport information.

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