Strict traffic measures for cup final

2010-07-07 13:58

Stricter traffic management measures will be implemented on Sunday to ensure that fans arrive on time for the World Cup closing ceremony and final match, Gauteng transport MEC Bheki Nkosi has said.

“This will enable us to facilitate the smooth movement of fans, including VIPs, to the stadium.”

The new measures would involve closing certain roads around Soccer City Stadium – where the final match would be played, parts of the N1 Highway, Sandton and Pretoria.

“A number of heads of state will also be attending the closing ceremony and final game of the World Cup,” Nkosi said.

“Only vehicles with authentic accreditation will be allowed to travel in the areas affected by road closures.” He said that at the start of the tournament there had been “serious” traffic congestion on some of the routes leading to Soccer City.

This was because many people had used their own vehicles to get there.

“Logistically, it is just not possible to accommodate thousands of cars on the roads leading to the stadium in a short space of time,” he said.

Nkosi encouraged fans to instead use public transport, including trains, the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system and minibus taxis, which would be allowed to drop them off at the stadium.

Lucky Mabasa of the provincial community safety department said officers from the Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni metro police departments would work with SA Police Service members in soft road blocks in various areas of the province.

All soft road closures would be done at the N1 onramps from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday. Cars would be directed to various diversion routes.

The N1 would be open as soon as the operation is ceased.

In Sandton, which will be the most affected area, roads would be closed between 1pm and 5.30pm.

Mabasa said there would be “sufficient” officers on the roads and around the stadium “to ensure that things go smoothly”.

Nkosi said despite “some minor glitches” at the start of the World Cup, “we can proclaim that the entire organisation of the tournament has been a very successful operation”.

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