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Travel advice for major events

​Cardiff regularly hosts many prestigious events both sporting and in the performing arts. Due to the increased traffic and parking requirements generated by these events, Cardiff Council provides special parking arrangements with a number of supervised Park and Ride facilities.


Judgement Day is back this year, with Newport Dragons taking on the Llanelli Scarlets at 3.05pm followed by Cardiff Blues Vs the Swansea Ospreys at 5.35pm.


On grounds of public safety there will be a full city centre road closure from 12.30pm, with the roads expected to re-open at 8.30pm. Those travelling by car are strongly advised to book a space in the park and ride facilityExternal link opens in a new window


Arriva Trains Wales is advising customers that train services are expected to be very busy especially services to and from West Wales and all those planning to use their services should arrive into Cardiff three hours before the game kicks off. Additional capacity will be added to services where possible.


Network Rail is advising all customers that there is planned engineering work between Worcester and Gloucester, which means that bus replacement services will be in operation between Gloucester and Worcester Shrub Hill, including Cheltenham Spa on both April 28th and 29th.  Further information on these works can be found via www.GWR.com/Cotsworlds2018External link opens in a new window
Passengers are advised to plan their journey in advance at www.nationalrail.co.ukExternal link opens in a new window or by calling Travel Line Cymru on 0800 464 0000.


Enhanced security checks will be taking place at Principality Stadium, so all ticketholders should expect to be searched when they enter the stadium.


Those travelling by car are strongly advised to book a space in the park and ride facilityExternal link opens in a new window .​


From early in the day, Scott Road and Park Street will be closed as a result of the need to prepare Gate 5 and protect queuing fans.


The following roads will be closed as part of the full city centre road closure (12.30pm until 8.30pm)

  • Kingsway from its junction with North Road to its junction with Duke Street.
  • Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Westgate Street.
  • Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street (access for residents and traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment.)
  • Plantagenet Street and Beauchamp Street from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor Street (access for residents and traders will be permitted.)
  • Saunders Road from its junction with St Mary Street.
  • Customhouse Street throughout its length (access to private car parks will be permitted).
  • Penarth Road from its junction with Saunders Road to the entrance leading to the rear of the Central Train Station.
  • The following roads will be closed in their entirety: Duke Street, Castle St, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road.

 

Additions:
Civic Centre: Access to part of the Civic Centre will be controlled throughout the day, with access allowed only for event parking, limited commuter parking, loading and access to private car parks.


Roads affected include: King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road and Gorsedd Gardens Road.

From 6.30pm until 9.30pm, Station Terrace will be closed. Cars will be able to exit the Capitol Hopping Centre car park via North Edward Street, Station Terrace and travel northbound onto Newport Road and Dumfries Place.


Please note:

If there are any safety concerns in connection with crowds queuing to go into the venue prior to gates opening, there may be a need to close Wood Street and Westgate Street earlier, along with lane restrictions adjacent to Gate 1 on Cowbridge Road East.


If there are any safety concerns relating to the queuing system at Cardiff Central Train Station, then Wood Street, Westgate Street, Park Street, Havelock Street, St Mary Street, Penarth Road, Saunders Road and Customhouse Street will remain closed until safety concerns are remedied.


Fans are therefore urged to plan to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time, leave large bags at home and pay attention to the prohibited items listed at principalitystadium.wales before buying tickets.

Those who live locally in Cardiff may want to travel by bicycle or walk. Research shows us that 52% of car trips made in the Welsh capital are less than 5km. This is a distance that can be comfortably cycled in 20 minutes.


We also know that 28% of Cardiff residents who currently do not cycle would like to do so.


When the roads are congested this makes cycling an even more attractive option as travel by bicycle would be quicker than a car during rush hours or during big events.

Event Park & Ride is available at Leckwith and can be accessed from junction 33 off the M4 and then follow signs to the site.


Those travelling by car are strongly advised to book a space in the park and ride facilityExternal link opens in a new window .

The drop off point is Tresillian Way North, at the back of the train station.


The Park & Ride is 1.5 miles from the city centre which take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.


If you pre-book, the cost is £8 or £10 payable on the day (cash only)


Staff will arrive at the car park at 8.30am, with the site opening at 9am and the first bus leaving at 9.30am. The last bus will leave the pick up at the pick-up point at 9pm with the car park closing at 9.30pm.


Motorways and trunk roads

As with all major events, ticket holders are encouraged to plan well ahead and make allowances for busy motorways and trunk roads. The M4 corridor and Cardiff is expected to be very busy.

Arriva Trains Wales is advising customers that train services are expected to be very busy especially services to and from West Wales and all those planning to use their services should arrive into Cardiff three hours before the game kicks off. Additional capacity will be added to services where possible. A post-match crowd management system will be in place at both Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street station.


With the exception of Maesteg and Ebbw Vale services, all other Cardiff and other Valley Line services will use Cardiff Queen Street – which includes services to Penarth; Barry; Coryton; Radyr; Merthyr; Treherbert; Aberdare and Rhymney. All of the information is available via www.arrivatrains.wales/events External link opens in a new window


Network Rail is advising all customers that there is planned engineering works between Worcester and Gloucester, which means that bus replacement services will be in operation between Gloucester and Worcester Shrub Hill, including Cheltenham Spa on both April 28th and 29th.  Further information on these works can be found via www.GWR.com/Cotsworlds2018 External link opens in a new window


All passengers are advised to plan their journey in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk External link opens in a new window or by calling Travel Line Cymru on 0800 464 0000.

Cardiff Council has recently launched Park Cardiff, which is a smart parking app which guides people to available car parking spaces in the city. All of the road closures for large events are programmed into the app, so that people can see the parking spaces available. All those wishing to park in Cardiff are strongly encouraged to download the free app and use the service.


Sophia Gardens (cars)
(Approximately, 0.5 mile walk to the Principality Stadium, Gate 2).
Getting there: Exit junction 32 of M4


Campervans are not allowed to park in Sophia Gardens car park. Those that want to park and stay overnight in campervans have to park in the Civic Centre or the Caravan Park​.


Cost: £15 payable on the day at the car park (cash only)
Parking time: Car park opens at 8.00am and closes at midnight.



Please note: Sophia Gardens car park will be staffed until 12 Midnight, all vehicles are left on site at the owner's risk. Cardiff Council will not be held responsible for any theft or damage to motor vehicles or personal possessions. Any vehicles left in the car park after closing time will be fined.


Civic centre (cars, mini buses and coaches)
(Approximately 0.5 miles walk to the Principality Stadium, Gate 2)


Civic centre Event Day Parking (cars)
Getting there: Exit Junction 32 of the M4, head south on the A470 towards the city centre and follow signage to the civic centre.


Cost: £10 payable on the day (cash only) or £8 if you pre book External link opens in a new window .  (this is available to cars only).

Parking time: The car park opens at 7.30am and will open at 8am and all cars must be either removed or have a pay and display ticket displayed by 8am on Sunday April 29th.




Disabled parking
Disabled drivers are advised to use Sophia Gardens. Disabled parking is also available at various private car parks. Please check individual websites for availability.

St Mary Street taxi rank (outside the House of Fraser) will be closed from 12.30pm, and will re-open from 8.30pm

Local buses:  
Buses will be diverted out of the central city bus stops. Buses displaced from stops within the closure will relocate to either Churchill Way for the east, Greyfriars Road for the north or Tudor Street for the west. 

 
Please visit the relevant bus operator's website for more information about your specific bus route.
 
National Express:
 
National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual. 




Over charged or refused a taxi fare?  We will take action

The City of Cardiff Council is requesting that if anyone believes they have been over charged in a taxi or a fare has been refused to record the driver/cab number, date, time, location or details of the journey and email licensing@cardiff.gov.uk

Once reported the Council will take action.    

Left luggage facilities are available at the Old Library in The Hayes, Cardiff City Centre. If you require any further information please contact Visit CardiffExternal link opens in a new window .
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