Travel early and be prepared to queue is the advice from Great Western Railway today, as Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium once again plays host to international Rugby World Cup games this weekend.
Allow plenty of time to get to the ground
Avoid services closest to kick-off, as these will be extremely busy
Queuing systems will be at stations – be prepared to have to queue
There are enough trains to get everyone to and from the matches
Additional buses provided to support rail services
Seat reservations will be honoured where possible: But customers are welcome to travel before or after their booked service
Every train available is being used, additional staff put on, and extra buses are being provided to support the rail service, but stations and trains are expected to be busy.
New Zealand take-on France at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium at 2000 on Saturday 17 October where 35 additional trains are being provided to carry fans to and from the game:
Earliest train departs London Paddington at 0745; with queues expected to peak around 1100
Ireland play Argentina at the same venue at 1300 on Sunday 18 October where 32 extra trains will be provided:
Earliest train departs London Paddington at 0715 and queues expected to peak at 0830
Extra trains will be lining up to bring passengers home again, with an anticipated 5,000 people being moved within an hour of the end of each game from Cardiff Central towards Bristol and London.
A further 100 buses have also been provided to shuttle passengers between Cardiff and Bristol Parkway, helping to reduce queuing time for those returning home.
With almost 70 additional trains being provided for the two games, this is 24% more than for the entire Glastonbury Festival – one of the biggest events on the GWR network.
But passengers are being warned to travel early and soak up the atmosphere before the games start and to be prepared to queue to board trains safely and efficiently after matches.
Seat reservations will be honoured where possible; if for any reason we are unable to do so, or if you have a reservation and are not able to get to a seat please contact our customer services team for compensation.
We have already taken a total of more than 165,000 fans safely to and from games since the start of the Rugby World Cup tournament - and around 40 per cent of those have travelled on the additional trains and carriages we have put on specifically for the tournament.