THE City of Cape Town has appealed to Capetonians to use park-and-ride facilities arranged throughout the city.
This will alleviate congestion likely to be caused by increased traffic and road closures, the city said in a statement yesterday.
Anyone can park their cars in the morning and travel to the Grand Parade to join in the fun at the official Cape Town Fifa Fan Fest, open daily between 11am and 11pm.
Visitors to the Fan Fest can either follow the pedestrian Fan Walk through the CBD to Green Point, or catch the new inner-city bus service at the corner of Darling and Buitenkant streets and change at the Civic Centre station onto the Stadium Shuttle.
Soccer fans not wanting to linger in the CBD after the final whistle can park their cars at those park-and-ride facilities which offer entertainment as well.
The GrandWest has 1000 additional parking bays. Anyone wishing to park there can catch special trains leaving from Goodwood station at the back of the complex.
GrandWest offers a 24-hour secure entertainment destination offering casinos, restaurants, fast food court, bars, night-club, theatre, cinema complex, children's entertainment centre, ice-rink, bowling alley and the multi-purpose Grand Arena, all under one roof. Anyone in possession of an official stadium ticket will be granted free travel on the trains.
Canal Walk is Cape Town's biggest shopping mecca with a number of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food outlets in addition to cinemas, go-karting and an entertainment area for children.
Some 1500 parking bays have been made available at Ratanga Junction and visitors can catch the special buses leaving from there.
There will be park-and-ride facilities every day for the duration of the World Cup at: - Goodwood - parking at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World; - Brackenfell - station parking; - Fish Hoek - beach parking area; - Claremont - parking on Palmyra Road, east of the station; -Kuils River - station parking; - Century City - parking at Ratanga Junction with a shuttle service to the station; - Ottery - parking at the Youth Care Centre (opposite the church); - Retreat - station parking; - Oosterzee - parking at Settlers High School; and - Strand - parking at the municipal building opposite the station.
On match days only, the following facilities will operate from four hours before kick-off until four hours after the final whistle: - 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; and - Additional security will also be available at Eersterivier, Heideveld, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Langa, Lansdowne, Monte Vista, Muizenberg, Nyanga, Philippi and Plumstead.
For specific service details contact the 24-hour Transport Information Centre on 0800-65-64-63. - Sapa