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City makes parking easier for residents around Cape Town Stadium

The City of Cape Town’s transport department is working to decrease the impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on parking for local residents.

Ward Councillor Alderman JP Smith says the city wants to protect the parking available to residents of Green Point to ensure that they are not unduly inconvenienced by events at the stadium and on the Common.

At the same time, it also needs to protect the emergency access routes in Green Point to ensure that any disaster, accident, or emergency situation that could jeopardise the lives and property of residents can be promptly responded to.

“During the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ tournament the two main areas where preferential and protected parking will be provided for local residents are Mouille Point and Green Point (primary area bounded by Main Road, Glengariff, High Level and Boundary Road),” Alderman Smith said.

The Mouille Point Residents and Ratepayers Association has come to an arrangement with the city to reserve the parking area at the Mouille Point Lighthouse and the beach parking area opposite Fritz Sonnenberg Road for its residents. On match days they will control access to these two areas and they have created a database of residents who qualify for parking permits.

Green Point does not have equivalent parking areas that can be reserved for residents. After discussions between the city and members of the Green Point Residents and Ratepayers Association (GPRRA), an interim system using “No-Stopping” signs will be implemented during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

These signs have been placed on roads where access for emergency vehicles into and through the residential area must be reserved. Concession has been made on cul-de-sacs and roads, where a fire engine can get to within 250m of a property from a nearby road.

The no-stopping signs apply to residents and visitors to the area. They will be covered on non-match days and will be uncovered the evening before a match.

To minimise the event’s impact on Green Point residents and reduce traffic congestion, some roads will be closed on match days. With Western Boulevard and Somerset and Main roads closed between the CBD and the stadium area, access into the residential area can only be via High Level Road or roads coming from Sea Point.

“These roads are expected to be under pressure on match days and thus travel times to get into and out of the area will be longer than normal. Residents are thus urged to allow additional time when planning their trips. For trips to and from the CBD the stadium shuttle service will be available free of charge on event days from six hours before kickoff until four hours after the final whistle,” Alderman Smith said.

In the meantime, the city and the GPRRA are finalising traffic enforcement strategies for match days and, in particular, for towing illegally parked vehicles out of narrow and congested side streets.

Looking ahead, the city hopes to have a system – to provide protected parking for Green Point residents on event days – in place by the festive season.

This would involve the installation of special “parking reserved for permit holder” signs in the side streets off Main Road.

Every bona fide resident that requires on-street parking will receive a special disc that will include their name, reference number linked to a database and vehicle registration number.

Qualification for the disc will be dependent on residents being recorded on a database of permit holders, to be developed by the GPRRA.

The GPRRA is drafting the necessary application forms for permit discs and, once the details of the individual applicants have been verified, the city will issue the discs.

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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Alderman JP Smith, Ward Councillor and Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Cell: 083 675 3780

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