The 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, 13 February 2014 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 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect during the week to accommodate the dress rehearsals and the actual Opening of Parliament 2014.

Road closures for rehearsals between 5pm and midnight on 11 and 12 February 2014

  • Hertzog Boulevard incoming: from Nelson Mandela Boulevard to Heerengracht
  • Nelson Mandela Boulevard: Strand Street off-ramp
  • Strand Street westbound (incoming): from Russell Street to Adderley Street
  • Adderley Street: from Hans Strijdom Avenue to Wale Street
  • Heerengracht: between Walter Sisulu and Hans Strijdom Avenues
  • Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Streets
  • Spin Street: between Corporation and Parliament Streets
  • Parliament Street: from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street 

Temporary road closures for the event on Thursday, 13 February 2014 

Due to the event, several roads around Parliament will have to be closed off: 

From 6am to 10pm Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets (limited access until 09:00)
Closure of Company’s Garden
Government Avenue from Buitensingel to Wale Street
Plein Street from Barrack Street to Vrede Street
From 11am to 10pm Plein Street: between Roeland Street and Barrack Street
Government Avenue
Gallery Lane
Bouquet Street
St John’s Road: between Plein and Vrede Streets
Commercial Street becomes bi-directional
From 4pm to  10pm   Nelson Mandela Boulevard: Strand Street off-ramp 
Hertzog Boulevard in-bound: from Nelson Mandela Boulevard to Heerengracht 
Strand Street westbound: from Russell Street to Adderley Street 
Strand Street eastbound: between Long and Adderley Streets 
Adderley Street: from Hans Strijdom Avenue to Wale Street 
Heerengracht: between Walter Sisulu and Hans Strijdom Avenues 
Wale Street: between Queen Victoria and Adderley Streets 
Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Streets 
Spin Street: between Corporation Street and Parliament Streets 
Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street  
Plein Street between Roeland and Spin Streets 
From 5:45pm to 7pm Klipper Road, Newlands: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue 
Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands: from Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue 
Newlands Avenue, Newlands: from Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue 
Dean Street, Newlands, westbound: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue 
M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive, city-bound carriageway: from Newlands Avenue to city centre 
Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, westbound: between Main Road (M4) and Rhodes Drive (M3) 
Anzio Road, Observatory: from Main Road (M4) to De Waal Drive (M3) 
N2, Settlers Way city-bound carriageway: from Main Road (M4) to city centre 
Nelson Mandela Boulevard (N2) city-bound: from Hospital Bend to Christiaan Barnard Street (including the Melbourne Road, Roodebloem Road and Searle Street on-ramps)
From 5pm to 10pm
 
Adderley Street from Wale Street to Table Bay Boulevard
Hans Strijdom Avenue from Adderley Street to Lower Long Street
Lower Long Street at the CTICC from Table Bay Boulevard to Walter Sisulu Avenue
Walter Sisulu eastbound: from Lower Long Street to Heerengracht


Closures from 7pm on 13 February to 1am on 14 February 2014

  • Walter Sisulu Avenue from Lower Long to Heerengracht outbound
  • Heerengracht from Walter Sisulu Avenue to Table Bay Boulevard
  • Lower Long Street from Walter Sisulu Avenue to Table Bay Boulevard inbound (CTICC side)
  • Roads around the Cape Town International Convention Centre 

Parking restrictions 

These will be in place in the following areas from midnight (23:59) on Wednesday, 12 February to 10pm on Thursday, 13 February 2014:

  • Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands 
  • Church Square, corner of Spin and Parliament Streets 
  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant 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 
  • Adderley Street: between Wale Street and Hertzog Boulevard 
  • St Mary's Cathedral Parking Area: between Bouquet and Roeland Streets 
  • Gallery Lane 
  • Commercial Street  
  • Hertzog Boulevard: from Nelson Mandela Boulevard to Heerengracht 
  • Hope Street between Roeland and Vrede Streets 
  • Roeland Street from Buitenkant to De Villiers Street 

MyCiTi bus service  

The MyCiTi bus service will be affected by Thursday’s road closures. From 4pm to 6pm, routes 102, 103, 105, 106 and 107 will be diverted away from Adderley Street. From 6pm until the end of service, all inner city routes (A01, T01, 101 – 107) will be diverted away from Adderley and Heerengracht streets. 

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