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Take a train to Pretoria

 

MATCH ticket holders for the game between Chile and Spain this evening are encouraged to use rail as a transport option, as Metrorail will be running free trains to Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

This service is for valid match ticket holders only, for the game being played on Friday, 25 June at 8.30pm. Two dedicated trains have been set aside for spectators to travel from Johannesburg to Pretoria and back after the game.

The first train will depart Johannesburg Park Station at 5pm and arrive at Pretoria Station at 6.26pm. It will stop at several railway stations en route to Pretoria: George Goch, Germiston, Isando, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park, Kaalfontein, Oakmore and Centurion.

The second train will leave Park Station at 5.35pm and arrive at Pretoria Station at 7.01pm. It will also stop at the eight stations along the way. At Pretoria Station, spectators can board a second train for the short ride to Rissik Station, which is close to Loftus Versfeld. Fans in Pretoria can also catch a train at Pretoria Station as there will be ample parking.

Three dedicated trains have been set aside for spectators to travel from Pretoria Station to Rissik Station. None of them will stop at any other stations en route.

The first train departs Pretoria Station at 6.27pm and will arrive at Rissik Station at 6.35pm. The second train will leave at 6.47pm, and is scheduled to arrive at Rissik Station at 6.55pm promptly. Train number three will leave Pretoria Station at 7.05pm and arrive at its destination at 7.15pm.

"The distance from Rissik Station to Loftus Versfeld is about 500 metres, so spectators can walk to the stadium," said Tu Dlamini, the acting senior manager of marketing and communications at Metrorail Gauteng.

"Sufficient public parking is available at Pretoria Station for fans in Pretoria to park their cars."

After the match, spectators can walk back to Rissik Station, to catch a train to Pretoria Station, and from there, back to Park Station in Joburg. The first train to leave Rissik Station to Pretoria Station after the match will be at 10.35pm, and the last at 10.55pm.

The first train to depart Pretoria Station for Park Station will go at 10.50pm and the last at 11pm.

The match between Chile and Spain is a World Cup game six decades in the making. The only previous World Cup meeting between the two nations was in 1950. On that occasion, the Spanish won 2-0.

For more information on World Cup train routes and schedules, visit the Passanger Rail Agency of South Africa website.