Opening of Parliament Road Closures

Your guide to road closures and parking to avoid the political hubbub


Following the national election in May 2014, the halls of power will fill with pomp and circumstance with the official opening of Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 7pm. The illustrious occasion is marked by our returning president’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA).

Aside from being a great moment of rhetoric, the political calendar highlight is also well known for its parade of luxury sedans and four–wheel drives as well as for the associated haute couture buzz.

More importantly though, with an increase in lavish vehicles and gas guzzling blue–light convoys on the streets, locals should be in the know when it comes to rush hour and added congestion; take note of the road closures to avoid traffic jams and ridiculous road rage.

So, without further ado, our guide to helping you dodge traffic like politicians dodge accountability.

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA)

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect over the long weekend to accommodate the dress rehearsals and the actual Opening of Parliament 2014. Closures will be in effect between 5pm and 12am on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 June 2014 for rehearsals, and certain roads will be closed from as early as 6am on the day of the event (17 June).

AFFECTED ROAD
NB: Including intersections except where noted

14 JUNE 2014

15 JUNE 2014

17 JUNE 2014

CITY AND FORESHORE

Adderley Street: between Hans Strijdom Avenue and Wale Street

5pm – 11:59pm

5pm – 11:59pm

4pm – 8pm

Wale Street: between Burg and Adderley streets

Nelson Mandela Boulevard inbound: Strand Street off–ramp

Strand Street

inbound: from Russel Street to Adderley Street

5pm – 11:59pm

5pm – 11:59pm

4pm – 8pm

outbound: from Adderley Street to Castle Street

None

None

outbound: from Long Street into Adderley Street

5:45pm – 7pm

Commercial Street: between Plein Street and Niewmeester Lane
2–way traffic between Niewmeester Lane and Buitenkant Street

None

None

6am – 10pm

Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament streets

5pm – 11:59pm

5pm – 11:59pm

4pm – 10pm

Spin Street: between Corporation and Parliament streets

Parliament Street: between Parliament and Longmarket streets

Plein Street:

between Spin and Barrack streets

None

None

4pm – 10pm

between Strand and Spin streets

4pm – 8pm

between Barrack and Vrede streets

9am – 9pm

St. John’s Road: between Roeland and Vrede streets

None

None

9am – 9pm

Gallery Lane: the entire road

Government Avenue: the entire road

Bouquet Street: the entire road

Roeland Street:

between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

None

None

9am – 9pm

between Buitenkant Street and Jutland Ave.

5:45pm – 7pm

Castle Street: Strand Street to Darling Street, except buses

None

None

5pm – 8pm

Darling Street: Buitenkant to Adderley streets, limited access

NEWLANDS | RONDEBOSCH | MOWBRAY | OBSERVATORY | SALT RIVER – WOODSTOCK | CAPE TOWN

M3 (Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive) inbound

Newlands Avenue to Jutland Avenue including pedestrian bridges and on–ramps:
UCT and Woolsack Drive, Barnham Road, use Buitenkant Street (open) or Crassula Avenue

Exercise, but no closure.

Exercise, but no closure.

5:45pm – 7pm

Woolsack Drive westbound: Main Road (M4) – Rhodes Drive (M3)

Anzio Road: Groote Schuur Hospital to de Waal Drive (M3)

N2 (Settlers Way, Nelson Mandela Boulevard) inbound: Muizenberg off–ramp (M3) to Table Bay Boulevard

NEWLANDS

Klipper Road: Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

None

None

 

5:45pm – 7pm

Princess Anne Avenue: Newlands to Union avenues

Newlands Avenue: Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue

Dean Street westbound: Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

ADDITIONAL CONTROLLED AREAS FOR THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SONA) ROAD CLOSURES

Do note that security fencing will line the route that the convoy will take in the CBD. There will be guarded pedestrian crossing points during peak times on Adderley Street (Castle and Shortmarket streets), Plein Street (Shortmarket, Spin and Barrack streets) as well as Strand Street at the bus terminus. Not to mention, the Company’s Garden will be closed on Tuesday, 17 June from 9am to 11:59pm.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

Parking restrictions will be in place in the following areas from 12am to 10pm on Tuesday, 17 June 2014:

Newlands

Princess Anne Avenue

Parliament/Company Gardens

Church Square: corner of Spin and Parliament streets 

Roeland Street: between Jutland Avenue and Plein Street 

Plein Street: between Roeland and Spin streets 

St. John’s Street: between Roeland and Orange streets

Spin Street: between Parliament and Plein streets 

Parliament Street: between Longmarket and Bureau streets

Hatfield Street: 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

CBD/Foreshore

Adderley Street: between Strand and Wale streets

Darling Street: outbound between Plein and Buitenkant streets, reserved between:

  • Plein and Parade for taxis from Plein Street
  • Parade and Buitenkant for Parliamentary buses

Strand Street: between Adderley Street and the Christiaan Barnard Street overpass

MYCITI BUS SERVICES AFFECTED BY THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

The MyCiTi bus service will be affected by the road closures as follows:

ROUTES

BUS STOP DETAILS

CLOSURE TIMES

Airport – Civic (A01)

All stops open but route change. (Tuesday, 17 June only)

Tuesday, 17 June
4pm – 8pm

Salt River – Civic (102)

Adderley, Darling and Castle streets stops closed. Use Civic or Hanover Street stops

Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 June
5pm – 12am

Tuesday, 17 June
4pm – 8pm

Oranjezicht–Gardens – Civic (103)

Adderley and Darling streets stops closed. Use Civic or Lower Buitenkant stops

Sea Point – Civic (105)

All stops open, but minor route change.

Waterfront–Civic–Camps Bay (106 and 107)

Groote Kerk stop closed. Use Longmarket (in Long St) or Church (in Loop St) stops

GOLDEN ARROW BUS SERVICES AFFECTED BY THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

The Golden Acre bus terminus exit into Plein Street will be closed at 6pm on Tuesday, 17 June. Operations then will be moved to Strand Street between Castle Street and the Christiaan Barnard Street overpass until 8pm on the day.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO USE DURING THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to the City Bowl during the event:

  1. From the N2 (Settler’s Way): use the N1, Table Bay Boulevard via the M5 (Black River Parkway), or the M7 (Vanguard Drive).
  2. From the M3 (Union Avenue): use the M5 (Black River Parkway) and the N1 (Table Bay Boulevard) or the M4 (Main Road), onto Victoria Road up to the Good Hope Centre. Thereafter left onto Tennant Road or right onto Christiaan Barnard Road to circle the outer CBD.
  3. Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring route to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:
    • Christiaan Barnard Road
    • Table Bay Boulevard
    • Buitengracht Street
    • Buitensingel Street
    • Orange Street
    • Jutland Avenue
    • Upper Roeland Street/Brandweer Street
    • Tennant Street

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