Stricter traffic management measures will be implemented on Sunday to ensure that fans arrive on time for the World Cup closing ceremony and final match, Gauteng Transport MEC Bheki Nkosi said on Wednesday.
“This will enable us to facilitate smooth movement of fans, including VIPs, to the stadium,” Nkosi told journalists at a media briefing in Sandton.
The new measures would involve closing certain road around Soccer City stadium, parts of the N1 highway, Sandton and Pretoria.
“A number of heads of state will also be attending the closing ceremony and final game of the World Cup,” he said.
“Only vehicles with authentic accreditation will be allowed to travel in the areas affected by road closures.”
Any motorist who disobeyed the special World Cup traffic regulations would have their vehicle impounded and could be fined.
Nkosi said that at start of the tournament, there had been “serious” traffic congestion on some of the routes leading to Soccer City.
This was because a lot of people had used their own vehicles to get there.
“This led to challenges besetting traffic flow and it became a logistical nightmare to control traffic,” he said.
Nkosi encouraged fans to instead use public transport, including trains, the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system and taxis, which would be allowed to drop them off at the stadium.