Sunday, May 16, 2010

Park and Ride facilities for FIFA World Cup 2010

The city of Cape Town has announced final details of Park-and-ride facilities which have been upgraded to encourage soccer fans and daily commuters to use the extended public transport services available during the 2010 soccer World Cup. Cape Metrorail provides passenger rail services to Cape Town’s population of 3.5 million through 119 rail stations. The following stations with park-and-ride facilities will feature event information, branding and additional security until the last train has left:

Fish Hoek – beach parking area
Ottery – parking at Youth Care Centre, opposite church
Retreat – parking at station
Claremont – on Palmyra Road, east of the station
Goodwood – parking at Grand West Casino and Entertainment World
Century City Cape Town – parking at Ratanga Junction with a shuttle service to the station
Oosterzee – parking at Settlers High School
Brackenfell – parking at station
Kuils River – parking at station
Strand – parking at municipal building opposite the station

Parking in regular parking areas around rail stations will generally be free of charge. Temporary parking areas, however, will mostly be situated on private land, where a nominal charge may be levied. Eersterivier, Heideveld, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Langa, Lansdowne, Monte Vista, Muizenberg, Nyanga, Philippi and Plumstead will also be branded and have additional security. Holders of a match ticket are ensured free rail transport into the city centre before kick-off and on the return trip after the match. This is only applicable to match ticket holders on the day of the match. On match days bus park-and-ride facilities are available at:
Kronendal Primary School sports field, off Andrews Road in Hout Bay
Camps Bay High School sports field in Maiden’s Cove, off Victoria Road
University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus in Rondebosch

These facilities will operate from four hours before kick-off until four hours after the final whistle. Parking at the University of Cape Town will be free, while a nominal charge will apply at the other venues. There will be no general spectator parking available at the Cape Town Stadium or its immediate surrounds, and parking in the city centre is also severely limited. All spectators are thus encouraged to use the identified park-and-ride facilities outside the city centre. The best way to avoid congestion and frustration is to use the public transport systems.

Enjoy the matches even without a ticket: If you haven’t bought a match ticket, you can still be part of the World Cup action by going to the official FIFA Fan Fest at the Grand Parade in the centre of the City , opposite the City Hall and the historic Castle, or at the various venues within the V & A Waterfront.
Recent surveys have shown that , with actual numbers significantly down on forecast , there is still plenty of affordable Cape Town accommodation available- so enquire now.

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