A number of other local institutions came together to plan the traffic concept long before the finals and deputy mayor Renate Brauner is especially proud of the work done to connect the Ernst-Happel-Stadion to the city's U2 underground line. "That makes Vienna the only UEFA EURO 2008™ host city where you can take the underground directly to the stadium. The underground station is only 150 metres away from Ernst-Happel-Stadion."
The underground line will have trains every two minutes before and after matches at the final tournament, with Brauner explaining: "This allows us to transport 24,000 guests per hour to the stadium." With lines U1 and U2 carrying additional traffic, 50,000 people will be able to use public transport to and from the stadium every hour, while special signs have been laid out to ensure cars, buses and pedestrians also get to their destinations with the minimum fuss.
A set of special signs starting at the city limits will lead visitors directly to parking places and fan zones. With 4,600 parking spaces located near underground and overground railway stations and a further 1,850 free spaces to be opened up in out-of-town locations, drivers are being urged to use public transport to make the final legs of their journeys. Vienna transport councillor Rudi Schicker said: "Traffic will run best during the UEFA European Championship if public transport is the primary means."
Coaches will also be kept out of the city centre wherever possible with a general ban on all buses being imposed in city sectors 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Coaches wishing to enter these districts must apply for a special permit before 31 March at wien.at. Additional care is also being taken to house visitors wishing to camp, with a temporary campsite being created for the finals in addition to the three permanent ones already operating in Vienna.
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