Opening of Parliament Road Closures

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


Once again, the halls of power will fill with pomp and circumstance with the official opening of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, 11 February 2016 at 7pm. The illustrious occasion is, as always, marked by the president’s much-anticipated State of the Nation Address (SoNA), a speech in which South Africa’s leader looks back at the achievements and shortcomings of the past year.

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 known 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 2016 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT IN CAPE TOWN (#SoNA2016)

Affected Road

NB: Including intersections except where noted

Tuesday

9 February

2016

Wednesday

10 February

2016

Thursday

11 February

2016

City and Foreshore

Adderley St: between Strand St and Wale St.

None

None

4pm – 10pm

Wale St: between Queen Victoria and Adderley St’s.

Bureau St: between Adderley and Parliament St’s.

5pm – 12am

5pm – 12am

Spin St: between Corporation and Parliament St’s.

Parliament St: between Parliament and Longmarket St.

Harrington St: between Constitution and Roeland St’s

5pm – 7pm

5pm – 7pm

 

Plein St: between Roeland and Darling St’s

between Roeland and Longmarket St’s

None

None

4pm – 10pm

5pm – 12am

5pm – 12am

Government Ave: whole

None

None

9am – 11:45am

St. John’s Rd: between Roeland and Vrede St’s

5pm – 12am

 

Gallery Ln: whole

Bouquet St: whole

Hope St: between Roeland and Glynn St

Local access

Local access

Roeland St: between Plein and Buitenkant St’s

 

between de Waal Dr(M3) and Buitenkant St

5pm – 12am

5pm – 12am

9am – 11:45

None

None

5:45pm – 7pm

Buitenkant St: between Darling and Orange St’s

None

None

Commercial St: between Plein and Niewmeester Ln.

2-way traffic between Niewmeester Ln and Buitenkant St

5pm – 12am

5pm – 12am

6am – 11:45pm

 

Newlands – Rondebosch – Mowbray – Observatory – Salt River - Woodstock – Cape Town

M3 (Union Ave, Rhodes Dr, de Waal Dr) inbound:

Newlands Ave to Jutland Ave. including pedestrian

bridges and on-ramps:

UCT and Woolsack Dr.

 Barnham Rd. use Buitenkant St (south of Orange St)

Exercise caution, but no closure.

Exercise caution, but no closure.

5:45pm - 7pm

Woolsack Dr westbound: Main Rd (M4) - Rhodes Dr (M3)

Anzio Rd: Groote Schuur Hospital to de Waal Dr (M3).

N2 (Settlers Way, Nelson Mandela Blvd) inbound:

Muizenberg off-ramp (M3) to FW de Klerk Blvd.

 

Newlands

Klipper Rd: Main Rd (M4) to Newlands Ave.

None

None

5:45pm - 7pm

Princess Anne Ave: Newlands Ave to Union Ave.

Newlands Ave: Dean St to Princess Anne Ave.

Dean St westbound: Main Rd (M4) to Newlands Ave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to and from the CBD during the event:

N1 (FW de Klerk Blvd) or

M4 (Main Rd), onto Victoria Rd up to the Good Hope Centre. Thereafter left onto Tennant Rd or

Right onto Christiaan Barnard Rd to circle the outer CBD.

Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring roads to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:

  • Christiaan Barnard Rd.
  • FW de Klerk Blvd.
  • Walter Sisulu Ave.
  • Buitengracht.
  • Buitensingel St.
  • Orange St.
  • Loop & Long St’s.
  • Strand St..

NB: All intersections with Roeland St are closed between 17:45 and 19:00

Public Transport: Scheduled Bus services:

MyCiTi operations will be affected as follows:

Route Deviation

Bus Stop Details

Date & Time

Airport – Civic (A01)

Khayelitsha East (D01)

Mitchells Plain East (D03)

All stops open but freeway route change. (Thursday 11 February

only)

Thursday 11

February 4pm –

8pm

Oranjezicht-Gardens –

Civic (103)

Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek Stops closed. Bus

will divert via Lopp /Long St’s and Buitensingel St to/from Gardens

Stop.

Thursday 11

February 6pm –

7pm

Waterfront-Civic-Camps

Bay (106 and 107)

Groote Kerk Stop closed. Use Longmarket (in Long St) or Church (in

Loop St) Stops

Thursday 11

February 4pm –

8pm

Golden Arrow Bus Service operations will be affected as follows: The Golden Acre bus terminus will operate as normal. Buses on Adderley and Wale St’s between Strand and Long St’s will be diverted until 8pm.

Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to and from the CBD during the event:

 

Have a squiz at our guide to annual February events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.
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