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Moscow urges locals not to drive ahead of World Cup

AFP  |  Moscow 

authorities are with locals not to drive in the runup to Thursday's opening match to avoid causing in the city.

The Russian capital of 12 million people is creaking at the seams as it starts receiving hundreds of thousands visitors for the month-long football final.

Fans from the 32 participating nations will almost all either be based in or fly in and out of the sprawling and chronically congested megalopolis to the other 11 host venues. officials had insisted for months that they had planned everything out to make sure the city functioned like clockwork once the games begin.

They sounded less confident on Tuesday.

The city's said some of Moscow's busiest roads will have to be closed off to general traffic to make way for dignitaries arriving for the opening ceremony.

"Due to the high number of events and the arrival of important guests, additional road restrictions are possible -- especially in the city centre," the said.

The city said traffic cops will also be stopping traffic to make room for various delegations and busses shuttling in fans from Moscow's four airports.

"We strongly urge city residents to use city transport and to leave their cars at home for the coming days," said the

"This will make your trips easier to plan." has inherited the Soviet-era practise of shutting down roads travelled by senior officials or visiting foreign dignitaries.

Parts of Moscow crawls to a halt during morning and evening rush hour when is sped to and from work.

The roads are usually closed from the point of Putin's departure outside Moscow to that of his arrival at the Kremlin as an extra precaution.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 17:55 IST
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