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Road closures due to the Opening of Parliament
The City of Cape Town would like to alert residents of road closures in the CBD due to the Opening of Parliament, which takes place on Thursday, 14 February 2013 at 19:00.
In addition, on Monday, 11 February 2013 and Tuesday, 12 February 2013, various roads will be closed to accommodate rehearsals for the opening.
City-bound traffic on the N2 will be unable to use Nelson Mandela Blvd or De Waal Drive between 17:45 and 19:00 and are advised to use alternative routes, including the N1 via Vanguard Drive or the M5 from the N2. Southern Suburbs-bound traffic from the N2 will be able to use the M3 southbound.
The table below depicts the planned road closures. Please plan your routes accordingly.
These closures are subject to change, depending on operational matters, however any changes will be made public as soon as possible.
Road closures for the event and rehearsals
Affected Road NB: Including intersections except where noted Monday, 11 and Tuesday, 12 February 2013 Thursday, 14 February 2013
City and Foreshore
  Hertzog Blvd inbound: Christiaan Barnard Street to Heerengracht 17:00 – 22:00     16:00 - 20:00
  Nelson Mandela Blvd inbound: Strand Street off-ramp
  Strand St inbound: from Russel St. to Plein Street.  
* Adderley Street: between Hans Strijdom Avenue and Wale Streets 16:00 - 21:00
  Heerengracht: Coen Steytler to Hans Strijdom Avenue
  Wale Street: between Queen Victoria and Adderley Streets
  Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Streets
  Spin Street: between Corporation and Parliament Streets.
  Parliament Street: between Parliament and Longmarket Streets.
  Commercial Street: closed between Plein and Niewmeester Streets Two-way traffic between Niewmeester and Buitenkant Streets   None
  Hans Strijdom Avenue: between Long and Adderley Streets    
  Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets  None 16:00 - 21:00
  between Plein and Hope Streeets   11:00 - 21:00
  Plein Street: between Roeland and Spin Streets. 17:00 - 22:00 11:00 - 21:00
St. John’s Road: between Plein and Vrede Streets
Government Avenue  None
  Gallery Lane  None
  Coen Steytler Avenue: eastbound from Long to Heerengracht  None 20:00 – 21:00
Newlands – Rondebosch – Mowbray – Observatory – Salt River - Woodstock – Cape Town
  M3 (Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive) inbound: Newlands Avenue to city centre Exercise, but no closure 17:45 - 19:00
  Woolsack Drive westbound: Main Road (M4) - Rhodes Drive (M3)
  Klipper Road: Main Road. (M4) to Newlands Avenue      None   17:45 - 19:00  
  Princess Anne Avenue: Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue
  Newlands Avenue: Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue.
  Dean Street westbound: Main Road. (M4) to Newlands Avenue
Controlled roads and closures
  • Security fencing will line the route in the CBD. There will be guarded pedestrian crossing points during peak time on Adderley St. at Hans Strijdom, Waterkant and Castle Streets
  • Roads around the Cape Town International Convention Centre, including Coen Steytler Ave., will be security controlled between Thursday, 14 February at 19:30 and Friday 15, February at 01:00
  • The Company’s Garden will be closed on Thursday, 14 February between 16:00 and 20:00
Parking restrictions
Parking restrictions will take place on Thursday, 14 February 2013 from midnight until 21:00.
Please note that vehicles will not be permitted to park in the following areas: 


  • Princess Anne Ave


CBD/Foreshore area:

  • Adderley Street and Heerengracht: between Wale Street and Hertzog Boulevard

Parliament/The Company’s Garden area:

  • Church Square: corner of Spin Street and Parliament Street
  • Roeland Street: between Buitenkant and Plein Streets
  • Plein Street: between Roeland and Spin Streets
  • Spin Street: between Parliament and Plein Streets
  • Parliament Street: between Longmarket and Bureau Streets
  • Hatfield and St. John’s Streets: between Roeland and Orange Streets
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral Parking Area: between Bouquet and Roeland Streets
  • Gallery Lane
  • Queen Victoria Avenue
  • Commercial Street: between Buitenkant and Plein Streets 
Alternative routes
Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to/from the CBD during the event:
M5, Black River Parkway, then onto the N1, Table Bay Boulevard
M4, Main Road, onto Victoria Road up to the Good Hope Centre. Thereafter, left onto Tennant Road or right onto Christiaan Barnard Street to circle the outer CBD
Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring route to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:

  • Christiaan Barnard Street
  • Table Bay Boulevard
  • Buitengracht
  • Buitensingel Street
  • Orange Street
  • Jutland Avenue
  • Upper Roeland Street/Brandweer Street
  • Tennant Street

MyCiTi bus service

The MyCiTi bus service will continue throughout the proceedings and rehearsals. At the Civic Centre bus station on Hertzog Boulevard, buses will arrive at and depart from the north side of the station (Hertzog Boulevard outbound). Passengers and pedestrians will not be permitted to use Hertzog Blvd inbound sidewalks on Thursday, 14 February between 16:00 and 20:00 and are requested to please use the other access points.
MyCiTi public transport

Area Details Time of Closure
MyCiTi – Civic Centre Station The Table View and Gardens pods at the Civic Centre Station will be closed during this time period. The Table View and Civic to Gardens services will be re-directed to operate from the Airport and Waterfront pods for the duration of the closure 18:00 – 19:00
MyCiTi – Thibault Square Station The Thibault Square Station will be closed during this time period. No services will operate from this station for the duration of the closure. Passengers are to use either the Civic Centre Station or the Castle Street stops on Long and Loop Streets as an alternative. 18:00 – 19:00
MyCiTi – Adderley Stops The Adderley Stops will be closed during this time period. Passengers are to use the Civic Centre Station for the duration of the closure. 18:00 – 19:00
MyCiTi – St George’s Stops The St George’s Stops will be closed during this time period. Passengers are to use the Castle Stops on Long and Loop Streets for the duration of the closure. 18:00 – 19:00
MyCiTi – F1: Gardens –  Civic Centre – Waterfront Sevices Route Deviation: Gardens – Civic Centre – Waterfront Route : Buses will not pass Thibault Square Station, the Adderley Street stops and St George’s stops for the duration of the closure. 18:00 – 19:00
Cricket at Newlands
Road closures will also be in place on 14 February for the first day of the cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands.

The M3 northbound will be closed at 17:45. Patrons leaving the cricket grounds, who need to move northwards towards the city centre, are advised to use rail-based public transport or the M5 or Main Road (M4) or wait until 19:00 when the M3 will be re-opened.

The City apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks the public for their patience.
Published by the City of Cape Town.
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