Avoid traffic, use public transport to Soweto

CNS News 6.12.2014 06.52 am

JeVanne Gibbs

FILE PIC: A football fan blows a vuvuzela. Picture: Michel Bega

Gauteng traffic police have warned motorists on anticipated road closures, traffic disruptions and congestion due to the Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec on Saturday.

The Soweto Derby will see Kaizer Chiefs facing off against Orlando Pirates.

Community safety department spokesperson Obed Sibasa said a capacity crowd of more than 90 000 people are expected at the stadium.

“Hard and soft road closures will start at 9am until after the match,” said Sibasa.

“Gates open at 11.30am, and kick-off is at 3.30pm. Soccer fans or people are advised to use public transport to the stadium, to avoid traffic congestion.”

Motorists and other road users were advised to avoid the following intersections due to road closures:

(1) Soweto Highway and N1 south onramp
(2) Soweto Highway and Mentz avenue
(3) Main Reef Road and Nasrec Road
(4) Nasrec Road and Rand Show Road
(5) Nasrec Road and Adcock Ingram Road
(6) Nasrec Road and Booysens Reserve Road
(7) Nasrec Road and Jukskei Drive
(8) Nasrec Road and M1 south off-ramp
(9) N17 and N1 north on-ramp
(10) N17 and N1 south off-ramp
(11) Golden Highway and Soweto highway
(12) Golden Highway and Ring Road 1
(13) Pat Mbatha and True Street
(14) N1 north off-ramp and Rand Show Road
(15) Booysens Reserve Road and Crownwood Road
(16) Booysens Reserve Road and Amethyst Road
(17) Booysens Reserve Road and League Avenue

Motorists were urged to use the following routes as alternatives:

(a) Main Reef Road from the Johannesburg CBD towards Roodepoort, or turn left at Commando Road into New Canada Road towards Soweto.
(b) M1 south to Johannesburg south, Eldorado and surrounding areas, but avoid the Nasrec off-ramp.
(c) The N12 west towards Soweto, Chris Hani Baragwanath Road, Carltonville and Zuurbekom.
(d) From the north, use the N1 south, but avoid the Soweto, Nasrec and Diepkloof interchange off-ramp and proceed straight on the N1 south.
(e) Main Reef Road, straight to Commando Road, Roodeport or take New Canada Road to Soweto.

Rea Vaya will be operating between Ellis Park, Thokoza Park, Library Gardens, Noordgesig and C1 Dobsonville to FNB stadium.

Metro Rail trains will be running from different stations to the Nasrec train station.

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