Online maps offer alternatives for Joburg traffic chaos

2013-12-10 11:01
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - As the memorial service for former South African president and global icon Nelson Mandela gets underway, road users may face hurdles as traffic grinds to a halt in Johannesburg.

Traffic tracking on both Google Maps and TomTom Live Traffic showed the M2 west bound with heavy delays as motorists looked for routes toward the FNB Stadium where the memorial service will be held.

The Soweto Highway would have granted easier access to the stadium precinct, but it is one of the many closed roads near the area.
TomTom Live Traffic data reports that tailbacks on the M2 to be in the order of 2km long and several Twitter users posted images of the motorcade of US President Barack Obama stuck in traffic on the way to the stadium.

The online mapping applications could also be useful to road users who wish to avoid the worst of the traffic chaos on Tuesday.

Metrorail has offered free transport to the stadium via all major Gauteng stations, but reports have emerged that some commuters are stuck due to a power failure.

Johannesburg metro police chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar said that it is advisable that mourners use public transport as no private cars would be allowed near the FNB Stadium.

Roads that have been closed include the Nasrec Road, Soweto Highway and Rand Show Road.

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