February 03, 2010
Rugby Festival to test World Cup transport system
Cape Town Stadium, photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland
Following the success of the free city-to-stadium transport offered at the first test event at the Cape Town Stadium on January 23, 2010, the city will be offering this service again, on a larger scale, for the Rugby Festival on February 6.
The festival this Saturday will see the Vodacom Stormers taking on the Boland Invitational XV for a Super 14 warm-up match. The 40 000 tickets made available for this match are already sold out. The 20 000 tickets for the first match in the stadium, between Santos and Ajax, were also sold out.
These events test the stadium’s operations capacity, as well as Cape Town’s transport system, which is being developed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
At the Soccer Festival on January 23, the free shuttle service worked well, with just under a quarter of spectators using it.
As the rugby festival will see twice the number of people flocking to the stadium, the transport system’s capacity will be further tested. This time, spectators will be encouraged to use the park-and-ride facilities at the train stations in Kuils River, Grand West Casino (Goodwood), Mitchells Plain and Brackenfell, where extra security will be available from 11h00 to 21h00. Parking will be free, except at Grand West Casino, where parking for the day will cost R10.
The last trains to Goodwood, Kuils River and Brackenfell Stations will leave Cape Town Station at 19h15, while the last train to Mitchells Plain will leave at 19h50. This gives spectators ample time to reach the stations after the final whistle has blown.
The 24/7 toll-free transport information centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 for train departure and arrival times. Signage from Cape Town Station will guide spectators to the free shuttle on Hertzog Boulevard.
Please note that, as with the first test event, only spectators who have purchased pre-paid parking tickets will be allowed to park at the stadium. In addition, no one may park in the surrounding neighbourhoods – law enforcement and traffic services will be policing this. Spectators can use the ample parking available on the Foreshore under the N1 Bridge, as well as any parking bays in the CBD. Security guards patrol these parking areas.
The shuttle hub is a short walk from the Foreshore, and Cape Town Station, for those who decide to travel by train. Full details are available on the city’s website: www.capetown.gov.za.