Tshwane says park-and-ride will be "hassle-free"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pretoria - A sea of fans, mostly decked in green and yellow, is expected into the city of Tshwane on Wednesday when Bafana Bafana lock horns with Uruguay in their second World Cup match encounter, at Loftus Versfeld.

And, the city is confident that the fans will experience a "hassle-free park-and-ride and park-and-walk system."

There has been an outcry from soccer fans regarding the congestion at some park-and-ride facilities which prolonged the time taken getting in and out of stadia.

Speaking to BuaNews about the city's readiness, 2010 unit CEO, Godfrey Nkwane, urged people to arrive on time at park-and-ride facilities.

"We are also kindly appealing to the spectators to get to the park-and-rides very early so that we can get you there on time. Just come early and let's keep the good spirit and also be patient with us as we try to load you as quickly as possible to take you back to the park-and -ride after the game," said Nkwane.

There will be two park-and-ride facilities and one park-and-walk facility.

The park-and-ride by train would operate from the Pretoria station, with fans parking at Salvokop and travelling to the Rissik station by a special soccer train.

They will then walk to the stadium along a dedicated and secured route.

Those who choose to drive to the stadium, or get there by other road transport, will have to use the park-and-ride or park-and-walk facilities.

He said all park-and-ride sites would be open four hours before kick off until two hours after the end of games.

"Both the parking and the shuttles at the park-and-rides are free. Fans must simply bring their match ticket," said Nkwane.

The eastern park-and-ride is at the University of Pretoria sport campus (LC de Villiers).

The southern park-and-ride is at the Pretoria Union in Groenkloof, close to the R21 from OR Tambo International Airport.

The western park-and-walk is at the Pretoria Technical High sport fields in Arcadia.

The physically impaired can use the parking facility at Pretoria High School for Girls adjacent to the stadium in Park Street.

However, fans have to book in advance for this parking and have to indicate their special needs because only 20 vehicles can be accommodated.

Meanwhile, thousands of fans are expected to crowd the FIFA Fan Fest in Centurion and the public viewing areas at the Giant stadium in Soshanguve and Temba sports ground in Hammanskraal, where the match will be televised live on big screens.

The match, which is South Africa's second in Group A, falls on a special day in the country's history- June 16, or Youth Day.