Tshwane to test park, ride initiative

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pretoria - The international friendly match between Bafana Bafana and Denmark on Saturday will be a real test for the City of Tshwane's park and ride as well as park and walk, ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

The home team will play its last World Cup preparatory match against another World Cup qualifier, Denmark at the Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe commonly known as Super Stadium in Atteridgeville.

The City will be providing a free park and ride and park and walk service for ticket holders of the match which will kick-off at 2:15pm.

Park and ride initiatives are designed to prevent traffic congestion and to ensure seamless movement of people during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which starts next Friday.

City spokesperson Console Tleane said the park and ride and park and walk will operate from 10am until 6pm and fans need only present their match ticket to use the free service.

He said no vehicles other than police and emergency services will be allowed into the stadium precinct.

Atteridgeville is easily accessed via Church Street, a straight dual direction road that runs almost the width of the city.

Motorists coming from the east or south can park their vehicles at the P7 entrance of the Tshwane Events Centre (site of the annual Pretoria Show) in the CBD.

"The parking can be accessed from Church Street, just west of DF Malan Drive. City of Tshwane busses will transport soccer fans to a drop-off point close to the stadium.

"The pick-up points will also be the same after the match. The parking can accommodate around 1 400 vehicles," he said.

Tleane said those wishing to travel closer to the stadium themselves can use the Ga-Mothakga park-and-ride, which is also accessible from Church Street, but much further west and relatively close to the stadium.

This is the larger of the two park-and-rides and can accommodate about 1 800 vehicles.

However, a park and walk will be operated from Mbolekwa Cricket Grounds in Atteridgeville. The parking will also be free of charge and around 560 vehicles can be accommodated.

Vehicles can enter via Sehloho Street and Komane Street. The pedestrian entrance and exit is in Komane Street.