Traveline Cymru urge commuters to prepare for travel disruptions during the Rugby World Cup

17 September 2015

Traveline Cymru is urging commuters from the Rhondda to prepare for travel disruptions during the Rugby World Cup matches in Cardiff this weekend.

To help keep travellers informed with the latest updates, the Welsh Government’s public transport information service has created a Rugby World Cup information page.

The information page on its website, along with its social media platforms, will be updated as any changes come in, providing an up-to-date insight for people making journeys around the stadium.

With the first matches coming to Cardiff on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September, travellers have been advised by Cardiff Council to use public transport where possible to ease congestion in the city centre.

Jo Foxall, marketing manager of Traveline Cymru said: “Sporting events in the Millennium Stadium always bring a great crowd to the city centre and with the anticipation and popularity for the Rugby World Cup we’re sure these crowds will only increase.

“We are advising that people use public transport to travel to matches in Cardiff, where possible, in a bid to avoid congestion and reduce the stress of finding adequate parking when the area is so busy.

“Whilst there will be road closures and busy lines, some transport companies have provided us with information to help us to keep the city moving and help passengers plan their journeys in advance to ensure the travel is as stress free as possible.”

Rail networks are expected to be extremely busy over the weekend as fans travel to the games to support their teams.

There will be a post-match queuing system at Cardiff Central Station on both days which is available to view on the Traveline Cymru website.

Cardiff Queen Street Station will be closing at 16:00 on both days.

Arriva Trains Wales services from Bridgend, Pencoed, Llanharan, Pontyclun and Cwmbran, Pontypool and Abergavenny, are likely to be extremely busy by the time they reach the stations and customers are advised to catch the earliest trains as possible in order to arrive in plenty of time for the game.

Cardiff Bus routes will have diversions in place due to road closures around the city centre between 12:30 and 18:00.

Services 8 & 9 will start and end in Canal Street. Journeys towards the bay will run via Penarth Road to Corporation Road. Buses will not serve Westgate Street, Tudor Street & Clare Road.

Service 11 will start/end in Hayes Bridge Road. Journeys towards the city centre will run via Station Terrace, lower Churchill Way, Bute Terrace and Hayes Bridge Road. NOT serving Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, Kingsway or Westgate Street.

Cross city services 13/54 and 95 will be split in the city centre.

Traveline Cymru is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for travel information in Wales, providing route and timetable information for all bus, coach and rail services in the country via a bilingual website www.traveline-cymru.info, its call centre (0871 200 22 33) and a suite of services for mobile phone users, including a bilingual app. Alternatively, those wishing to use public transport can get event travel information by calling 0300 200 22 33.

For more information on travel around the Rugby World Cup, visit: www.traveline.cymru/special-events/rugby-world-cup-at-the-millennium-stadium-cardiff-19-sep-18-oct-2015/ or follow @TravelineCymru on Twitter.

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