Traveline Cymru urges commuters from the Valleys to prepare for travel disruptions during Rugby World Cup matches this week

30 September 2015

Traveline Cymru is urging commuters from the Valleys to prepare for travel disruptions during the Rugby World Cup matches in Cardiff this Thursday and Friday.

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 Wales facing Fiji on Thursday 1st October and New Zealand playing Georgia on Friday 2nd October, 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 especially with the current anticipation around which teams will progress to the quarter finals of 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 continue to be extremely busy over the two match days as fans travel to the games to support the 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 18:30 on Thursday 1st October and 21:15 on Friday 2nd October.

Arriva Trains Wales services are likely to be extremely busy by the time they reach the stations and customers are advised to catch the earliest trains possible in order to arrive in plenty of time for the game.

Stagecoach has advised that the following services 122, 124 and 132 from the Rhondda Valleys will be affected due to road closures.

Cardiff Bus has announced its Unite union members will be striking for 48 hours from Tuesday 1st October following the result of a workplace ballot. A limited bus service will now be in operation on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October.

Those wishing to use the bus once in the city are advised to take note of timetables for special services including routes 8 & 9 from the City Centre to Cardiff Bay or Sports Village, 11 from the City Centre to Tremorfa and Pengam Green, 17/18 City Centre via Canton and Ely, 27 via Llanishen and Thornhill, 30 from Cardiff to Newport, 38 to Heath Hospital are available via the Traveline website.

There are also special timetables for services 44 via Trowbridge and St. Mellons, 49/50 to Llanrumney, 52 to Albany Road and Cardiff MET Cyncoed Campus 57/58 via Albany Road, Llanederyn , Pentwyn and Pontprennau, 61 via Fairwater and Pentrebane, 92 to Penarth, 95A West Park & Ride and Llandough Hospital, 96 via Wenvoe and Barry and the X59 via East (Pentwyn) Park & Ride.

Service details will be continually updated with the latest information and any changes to timetabling.

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: http://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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