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July 17, 2012

Road closures and transport options for Manchester United vs Ajax Cape Town match

Catch Manchester United vs Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Photo courtesy reds on tour.

It’s the match of the year and it’s coming to the Mother City! Don’t miss the Manchester United vs Ajax Cape Town friendly soccer match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Before you paint your face red and white and head out to Green Point, be sure to heed the following road closures and transport options of this not-to-be-missed match:

Road closures

Cape Town CBD

• Waterkant lower: Burg Street to Buitengracht (Full closure in both directions) from 12h00 to 19h00.

Green Point

Fritz Sonnenberg Road 

• Metropolitan Golf Club to McDonald's entrance (Full closure in both directions) from 06h00 to 19h00.
• McDonald's entrance to Granger Bay Booulevard from 12h00 to 19h00.
• Portswood Road to Granger Bay Boulevard from 06h00 to 19h00.

Granger Bay Boulevard

• Beach Road to Helen Suzman Boulevard (Full closure); Helen Suzman Boulevard to Beach from 12h00 to 19h00.
• Beach to Helen Suzman Boulevard (Full closure) from 12h00 to 18h00.

Fort Wynyard Road 

• Portswood Road to Granger Bay Boulevard (Full closure in both directions) from 12h00 to 18h00.

Vlei Road

• Green Point Cricket Club to Fritz Sonnenberg Road (Full closure in both directions) from 06h00 to 19h00.
• Helen Suzman Boulevard to Fritz Sonnenberg Road from 12h00 to 19h00.

Stephan Way

• Hamiltons Rugby Club to Fritz Sonnenberg Road (Full closure in both directions) from 12h00 to 19h00.
Beach Road
• Portswood Road to Haul Road (Full closure in both directions) from 16h30 to 18h00.

Portswood Road

• Helen Suzman Boulevard to Beach Road, north-east bound only, from 16h30 to 18h00.

Somerset Road

• Ebenezer Road  to Chiappini Street, south-east bound (City bound) only, from 12h00 to 19h00.
• Buitengracht to Chiappini Street (Full closure in both directions) from 12h00 to 19h00.

Main Road 

• Ebenezer Road  to York Road, Bi-directional traffic from 12h00 to 19h00.
• York Road to Ebenezer, south-east bound only, from 12h00 to 19h00.

Ebenezer Road 

• Prestwich Street to Somerset Road, Local Access only – no through traffic, from 12h00 to 19h00 

Rail

Trains to and from Cape Town will run as per their normal schedule and passengers will be required to pay the standard tariff. Train schedules and related information are available from the 24/7 Transport Information Centre’s toll-free number 0800 65 64 63 and www.capemetrorail.co.za.

Free parking is available at park-and-rides serving rail stations at Athlone, Ottery, Claremont, Retreat, Fish Hoek, Oosterzee, Goodwood, Kuils River and Strand. A nominal parking fee applies at Century City (R20 per vehicle) and GrandWest (R10 per vehicle).

Event bus shuttles

Park-and-rides served by the free event shuttles are situated at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Upper Campus where parking is free, Kronendal Primary School where a R20 per vehicle fee applies and at Maiden’s Cove in the free municipal parking area off Victoria Road.

Between the Civic Centre and the stadium

The first bus from the Civic Centre bus station in Hertzog Boulevard departs at 12h00. Thereafter a bus will leave every 15 minutes or when full. The last bus will leave the stadium bus station at 19h00.

Between UCT and the Civic Centre

The first bus from the UCT Upper Campus departs for the Civic Centre bus station in Hertzog Boulevard at 12h00. Thereafter a bus will leave every 15 minutes or when full. The last bus will leave the Civic Centre bus station at 19h10.

Between Hout Bay and the stadium

The first bus from the Kronendal Primary School field to the stadium departs at 12h00. Thereafter a bus will leave every 15 minutes or when full. The last bus will leave from the corner of Main and York Roads at 19h00.

MyCiTi service: Civic Centre to Table View, Waterfront and Gardens

The standard hours of operation and fees for the MyCiTi service between the Civic Centre and Table View bus stations will apply. Passengers will be required to use the myconnect card to travel to the Civic Centre bus station. Cards can be purchased at any open station kiosk. For more information, contact the 24/7 Transport Information Centre’s toll-free number 0800 65 64 63.

Impact of road closures on public transport services

Public transport services operating in the Green Point and CBD areas may be subject to localised deviations from 12h00 on July 21, 2012. The affected scheduled services are listed below:

Golden Arrow bus services travelling through the Green Point area

All services along Somerset/Main Road Green Point between Buitengracht and York Road will run along Helen Suzman Boulevard after 12h00. Passengers using this service may board or disembark at the stops on either side of the closures at Buitengracht or York Road.

Golden Arrow bus services entering the CBD

The city bound Waterfront service will operate via the CTICC, turning right into Heerengracht, stopping opposite Standard Bank, proceeding around the circle, back down Heerengracht and on to the Waterfront.
The Waterfront/Sea Point service will continue to operate on its normal routes, but may be subject to delays.

MyCiTi bus service – effective from 12h00

The normal Civic Centre-Waterfront MyCiTi bus service will not be free of charge to event ticket holders.

The Civic Centre-Waterfront MyCiTi service will stop at the stadium bus station, en-route to the Waterfront, and then will be rerouted from Helen Suzman Boulevard into Portswood Road, turning left into Beach Road and right at the traffic circle into Granger Bay Boulevard.

Granger Bay bus station will be closed for this period while all other stops and services on the Gardens-Civic-Waterfront route will remain operational.

Passengers may use the Waterfront (in Breakwater Lane), stadium bus station and/or Buitengracht stops as alternatives to the Granger Bay bus station.

On the return journey from the Waterfront, the bus will turn left into Beach Road, right into Portswood Road and left at Helen Suzman Boulevard to continue its normal route to the CBD.

Parking

Parking restrictions will be enforced in residential areas adjacent to Cape Town Stadium from 00h00 to 24h00 (midnight) on July 21, 2012, including Main Road. Motorists are advised to obey the signage.

Normal restrictions and charges apply to kerbside parking in the CBD for a Saturday.

People with disabilities

Dedicated parking has been allocated on DF Malan Drive for those attendees with disabilities who wish to use the stadium shuttle. Only people with an official disability permit from the city will be allowed to park in this dedicated parking area.

For more information on disable parking access to the limited disabled parking at the stadium in parking area P5, within the stadium precinct (which is located off Vlei Road), contact mikefranck@mweb.co.za.

Ticket holders will have to formally request access to the disabled parking bays at P5 via Mike Franck. Note that users will have to provide evidence that they are entitled to these parking bays and clearly display the Vehicle Access Permit (VAP) in full colour on their dashboard when entering Vlei Road. Failure to display will result in access being denied.

Disabled parking access is issued at the discretion of the event organiser and is subject to availability.

Drop-and-Go

Attendees may be dropped off and collected at the following appropriately signed locations:

DF Malan Drive opposite the Artscape Theatre

The embayment off Helen Suzman Boulevard (city bound carriageway), between Vlei Road and the elevated traffic circle at Granger Bay Boulevard

On-street in the CBD

On-street parking is available within the CBD, but no additional security will be provided. Parking tariffs will apply until 13h00 when on-street parking becomes free of charge.

V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront has approximately 3 500 parking bays available to the general public. There is a charge associated with this parking, and traffic flow into and out of the V&A Waterfront may be congested.

Pedestrian routes

The Fan Walk provides the opportunity for attendees to move from the Civic Centre bus and Cape Town rail stations to the stadium at Green Point along a dedicated pedestrian route. After 12h00 roads down the Fan Walk will be closed to traffic in response to increasing pedestrian volumes. A contra-flow system will be provided for local car access on the mountain side (Sea Point-bound) carriageway on Somerset /Main Road in Green Point between York and Chiappini Streets. Pedestrian access between the Waterfront and stadium will be via Granger Bay Boulevard and, between the city and stadium, via the Fan Walk and underpass at the Green Point Traffic Circle.

Cycling

Attendees wishing to cycle to the stadium are encouraged to do so. Bicycle racks are located on the eastern (Waterfront) side of the elevated circle at the stadium. Cyclists must provide their own lock and chain as bicycles are left at own risk. Please remember the “ridesafe” motto and wear a helmet, have adequate lighting and wear reflective clothing. However, please note that helmets are not permitted inside the stadium. Due to the number of people using the Fan Walk, it is advised that cyclists coming from the CBD use the route through the V&A Waterfront or the back roads in De Waterkant to access the stadium.

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