COP24 IN THE CULTURE ZONE – CLOSURE OF CAR PARKS

Between December 2nd and December 14th 2018 Katowice shall be the host of the 24th meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). This biggest event in the region will bring together 30,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, that is why preparations already started a few months ago. They are now entering a phase in which urban space will be prepared for this major event.

 

The takeover of MCK - the International Congress Center and the Spodek Hall by the Jurisdiction of the United Nations is planned for the second half of November. On September, 28th works began on the premises of the car parks located in the Culture Zone (i.e. next to the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Silesian Museum). 550 parking spaces were excluded from public use.

 

„We appeal to people commuting (…) to Katowice and other cities to use public transport – tram, bus or bicycle during the time when the car parks remain closed, as the number of parking spaces in the centre shall not increase and it will be difficult to find a parking lot which is going to generate further traffic problems. We are aware of the fact that some drivers will not resign from driving their cars. That is why municipal guards will patrol the Star Housing Estate and the Kossutha district and check whether the vehicles are not parked in prohibited places – which is always inconvenient for the residents and contributes to the devastation of green belts” – Ewa Lipka, the spokesman of the Municipal Office.

 

List of alternative car parks:

 

  1. Katowice Forest Park at Three Ponds' Street, accessed from Francuska Street – capacity 100 parking spaces – access by bus 110 (distance to the Muchowiec Park bus stop  100 m, runs to the Railway Station from 6:13 a.m until 08:12 p.m. every hour, travel time to the railway station 16 minutes and from the Railway station from 5:28 a.m. until 7:57 p.m. every hour)
  2. Car park next to the Belg Shopping Center (from the side of the Silesian Library) – 150 parking spaces, access by KZK GOP (the Communal Transport Association of the Upper Silesian Industrial Region) bus 910 (distance to the Krasiński bus stop 50 m, runs from 4:00 a.m. until 11:33 p.m. every 15 minutes, travel time to the Railway Station 13 min.)
  3. Car park next to the Municipal  Cemetery- 400 parking spaces with the exception of October 31st -November, 2nd  (Wednesday-Friday, All Saints Day)

○ access by KZK GOP bus 674 (distance to the bus stop 20 m, runs from 6 a.m. until 11:47 p.m. 

    every 30 minutes, travel time to the Railway Station 13 min.).

○ access by KZK GOP bus 900 (runs from 6:20 a.m. until 6:32 p.m. every hour, travel time to the 

    Railway Station 21 min.).

 

Whereas, our guests attending the events on the premises of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the International Congress Center and the Spodek Arena will have at their disposal alternative parking lots at the following locations:

 

  1. Paid parking zone – 1851 parking spaces in the centre – zone free of charge after 4:30 p.m.
  2. Car park on the premises of the Silesian University at Chełkowskiego Street, chargeable, 550 spaces. Rates: up to 15 minutes free of charge, from 15 min. to 45 min. – 2.50 PLN, from 45 min. until 1hour – 3.00 PLN, from 1 hour to 2 hours – 6.00 PLN, from 2 hours until the end of the day – 8.00 PLN.
  3. Car park next to the Superjednostka building from the side of Al. Korfantego – ca. 80 lots

 

Prepared by: Social Communication Department of the Municipal Office of Katowice