Cape Town road closures for Nelson Mandela tribute

2013-12-11 08:24
Cape Town - The response to Cape Town’s tribute to Madiba at the Cape Town Stadium – Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated – has been overwhelming.  

With all available coupons for the event happening on Wednesday afternoon having been collected so quickly, the City is giving those who weren’t able to get coupons a chance to still witness the homage to Madiba by screening the event on the Grand Parade.  

The stadium event will be screened on the Grand Parade from 16:00.  

Only those members of the public with a coupon will be allowed access into the stadium. The City has urged residents to only come to the stadium event if they have their coupon.  

The coupon for entry to the stadium event allows free access to public transport from 12:00 onwards into and out of the city on the MyCiTi bus service, Golden Arrow Bus Services, and Metrorail.  

There will be a free MyCiTi shuttle service from the Civic Centre to the Cape Town Stadium, and a pedestrian ‘walk of remembrance’ from the Cape Town Station to the Stadium will be activated (the fan walk).  

For those attending the screening of the event on the Grand Parade, free public transport available has been made available into and out of the city on the MyCiTi bus service, Golden Arrow Bus Services, and Metrorail.

This transport will be available from 12:00 to 15:00 inbound and from 19:00 onwards outbound.  

Both events – at the Stadium and on the Grand Parade – will necessitate road closures and motorists are asked to please bear this in mind.

Residents are advised to opt for public transport.  

Road closures around the Grand Parade

The following roads around the Grand Parade will remain closed for the screening:

- Corporation Street, between Darling Street and Longmarket Street
- Darling Street, between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street
- Parade Street, between Darling Street and Longmarket Street

In addition, Lower Plein Street, between Strand Street and Darling Street, will be closed from 07:00 to 22:00.

Other roads around the Parade may need to be closed depending on the number of people who come to watch the screening of the event. Motorists have urged to bear these possible closures in mind when travelling to and from the CBD.  

Road closures around the Cape Town Stadium  

The roads listed below will be temporarily closed and/or restricted to vehicular traffic for the stadium event. This will have an impact on traffic flow and motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly. 

- Fritz Sonnenberg Road, between Stephan Way and McDonalds (06:00 - 00:00)
                                              between Metropolitan Golf Club and McDonalds (09:00 - 00:00)
                                              between Granger Bay Blvd and McDonalds (09:00 - 00:00)
                                              between Portswood Road and Granger Bay Blvd (06:00 -00:00)

- Stephan Way, between Fritz Sonnenberg Road and Hamilton's Rugby Club (09:00 - 00:00)

- Vlei Road, between Green Point Cricket Club and Fritz Sonnenberg Road (06:00 - 00:00)
                      between Helen Suzman Blvd and Fritz Sonnenberg Road (09:00 - 00:00)

- Portswood Road, between Helen Suzman Blvd and Beach Road, northbound (22:00 - 23:30)

- Fort Wynyard Road, between Portswood Road and Granger Bay Blvd (06:00 - 00:00)

- Granger Bay Blvd, between Helen Suzman Blvd and Beach Road, northbound (13:00 - 00:00) 
                                     between Beach Road and Helen Suzman Blvd, southbound (14:00 - 23:45)

- Beach Road, between Haul Road and Portswood Road (22:00 - 23:30)

Walk of remembrance

A pedestrian ‘walk of remembrance’ from the Cape Town Station to the Stadium will be activated (aka the fan walk) which will necessitate the following road closures:

- Somerset Road, between Ebenezer Road and Chiappini Street, city-bound only (14:00 - 00:00)
                                  between Buitengracht and Chiappini Street (14:00 - 00:00)

- Main Road, between Ebenezer Road and York Road (14:00 - 00:00)
                        
- Ebenezer Road, Prestwich Street and Somerset Road, local access only (14:00 - 00:00)

- Helen Suzman Blvd, Buitengracht and York Road, bus and emergency lane (14:00 - 01:00)

In the city centre, the following roads will be closed from 14:00 – 00:00:

- Hertzog Boulevard westbound, from Christiaan Barnard to Heerengracht
- Waterkant (resident and business access only) between Buitengragt and Lower Burg Street  

No parking will be permitted on the above roads during these times. Access to and egress from parking garages will be allowed for permit-holders only.
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