TRANSPORT Minister Sibusiso Ndebele yesterday urged soccer fans to use public transport when attending World Cup matches.
"Public transport forms the backbone of transport plans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup," he said.
"Government has invested more than R40billion on public transport for this tournament."
South Africa had world-class airports, upgraded train stations and refurbished coaches. Inter-provincial and regional road transport were also available.
"South Africa's integrated transport infrastructure and networks will enhance the experience of all those participating in the greatest show on earth."
Ndebele urged people who use private transport to get to games to rather use park and ride or park and walk facilities. He said information about the different options of public transport could be obtained from www.2010findyourway.co.za.
He said Metrorail was also offering free transport to stadiums for ticket-holders for a specific game. Luxury and midi-bus services were also available from Gauteng to Rustenburg, Polokwane, Nelspruit and Bloemfontein. These buses would return spectators to Johannesburg after the games.
"Fans are encouraged to plan their trips in advance, and make their way to the stadiums at least three hours before kickoff," the minister said. - Sapa